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Once you have been a monk, it is very difficult to kill a man. But sometimes it can be your duty to do so.

via The Paris Review – The Monk’s Tale.

A fascinating interview with a buddhist monk who joined the resistance movement after the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

I have serious reservations argument that you can kill to prevent another committing a serious sin, and so transfer his wrong into your wrong as a form of acceptable sacrifice. At the same time, it resonates with similar arguments in Hinduism (with which Buddhism has a shared cultural heritage) which accept that non-violence can only be satisfied by self-violence rather than violence to the dharma of others.

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