Rude Awakenings wrote:The bag was hanging on my left shoulder. Across my chest
was slung the water bottle and mug so that they dangled by my right
side. It was from behind me on that side that the little chap approached.
He caught hold of my mug, and as I turned, asked in Hindi where we
were going. There were others with him; they were the men who had
been sitting on top of the dead buffalo. “To the next village,” I said as he
tugged my mug urgently. “What is it? Do you want this thing? It’s only
Then everything blew up. Nick turned round with a menacing expression
on his face; someone was tugging my robe on one side while the
first man was hauling frantically at the mug on its strap on the other.
Three men charged at Nick who was crouched boxer-style; he wheeled
and hit them with his backpack, then ran off with the three of them in
hot pursuit. I was being lugged in two directions simultaneously by the
strap on my water bottle and on my bag, I could only try to get the stuff
off and let them have it, but their pulling on it made that impossible.We
were going round in circles, with their excitement spinning into frenzy.
I had to stop this. “Wait!Wait! Let me get this stuff off !” Momentarily
they stood still. They all had axes and staves. The leader glared at me
through twisted features and raised his axe.
Funny how your mind goes clear when the options disappear. Why
struggle against the inevitable? The only freedom was to go without
fear. I bowed my head and pointed the top of my skull toward him, drew
the blade of my hand along it from the crown of my head to the brow.
“Hit it right there.” Something shifted; he backed off,waving his axe and
muttering angrily. I stepped forward and repeated the action. Give it
away; let it all go.
My job in law enforcement was serving arrest warrants: my work day was spent arresting people. My intention was to protect... the people I was arresting. Another person in that job might break down the door, use excessive violence, etc. I've been able to do the job without breaking any doors, without using any violence, without harming anyone--partly, of course, because I've had the good fortune not to run into anyone who was determined to fight me. But I knew that this might happen sooner or later, and as required for the job, I carried a firearm. I did it with no intention of harming anyone.
dagon wrote:The figure of 75% injury without death is true but is part of my non-buddhist decision not to have guns in my house. It is NOT generated by a decision to injure and not kill rather the effectiveness of fire arm and their use in stressful situation.
- The likelihood of using it was slim--more than 90% of police go their entire careers without ever using their firearm in the line of duty.
- If a situation arose in which a firearm is needed, the majority of the time no shots are ever fired. Drawing the firearm ends the confrontation.
- If it became necessary to fire a shot, the person is unlikely to die: when police specifically try to shoot someone, about 75% of the time nobody actually dies.
- Finally, whether or not anyone dies, my intention would be to end the conflict, not to cause death.
DonnieRage wrote:"Give a blow desiring emancipation" Would this apply politically (like to those in tibet, for example)? I know the Dalai Lama advises against violence, but it seems peaceful protest and even extreme self violence (like self immolation) have very little effect overall. Throughout my life I've often thought that when it comes to situations like that you have to "speak their own language" which with totalitarian states, is normally violence This is actually an issue that's caused me a little bit of stress as I come from a radical anarchist background, and I'm trying to work non-violence into my life. It's obvious to me that peaceful protest works to some extent (majority of the civil rights movement) but then you're waiting around for those in rule to decide they just don't want that power anymore.
Thanks in advance for any feedback
Ben wrote:Hi Jeff,
I think my recommendation above of mitigating risk of break-in by investing in making your home more secure and less appealing as a break-in target is probably my preferred option and is consistent with Buddhist teachings. But if you do find yourself being subject to a home invasion - I would recommend that you remove yourself and your family to outside the property and call the police. If you can't do that, then stay calm.
I might be naive but I don't think that it ever ends well when armed home-owners confront intruders. The intruder already has some very dark kamma to face as a result of the forced entry, intimidation and theft. Stepping into a situation that is highly charged and unpredictable - you leave yourself open to the possibility of reaping the bitter fruit created by acting out of intense fear and anger.
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