Thich Nhat Hanh responde a um veterano de guerra sobre ameaça de morte

Em tempos de conflitos no Tibet, a BBC resgata numa excelente matéria o coração pacífico do Budismo numa história brilhante que envolve o monge vietnamita Thich Nhat Hanh e um veterano de guerra, ou seja, o dharma e a morte (do impermanente).

A Vietnam veteran was overheard rebuking the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, about his unswerving dedication to non-violence. “You’re a fool,” said the veteran – “what if someone had wiped out all the Buddhists in the world and you were the last one left. Would you not try to kill the person who was trying to kill you, and in doing so save Buddhism?!” Thich Nhat Hanh answered patiently “It would be better to let him kill me. If there is any truth to Buddhism and the Dharma it will not disappear from the face of the earth, but will reappear when seekers of truth are ready to rediscover it. “In killing I would be … abandoning the very teachings I would be seeking to preserve. So it would be better to let him kill me and remain true to the spirit of the Dharma.

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