Thought of the week
if one were to summarize the Buddha's teaching in one word, we would have to say that it is universal interdependence, of which nonviolence is a natural consequence. Since we are all dependent on each other and all other beings want to be happy and not suffer, just as I do, my personal happiness and suffering are inextricably linked with those of others.
This nonviolence does not mean weakness or passivity. It is the deliberate choice of altruism in all our thoughts and actions, so that it becomes inconceivable to knowingly harm others.
FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (b. 1936)
Fourteenth Dalai Lama: teachings in Amaravati, India, 2005