19 Oct 2006 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 3 Comments.
A mountain lion was spotted here this morning at dawn, snuffling at the garbage bin of our in Northern California retreat. All were worried; we read every year of them taking a jogger or hiker. And I wondered: what would a Bodhisattva believer in nonviolence do if attacked? Would one fight to the death, trying to kill the dangerous creature in order to survive, or not? (They are reportedly very hard to escape from by running.)
The scriptures tell us that Buddha, in a previous life at in Nepal, gave himself up to a starving tigress surrounded by starving cubs, and accrued great karmic merits for his further progress towards enlightenment.
So what would a genuine follower of nonviolence do if mugged on a city street–just give in? Even the Dalai Lama, famous for his radical nonviolence stance, has bodyguards, since receiving death threats years back. What if your country is being invaded by ruthless totalitarian forces; should one fight back? Is “just war” a truly valid notion?