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Nonviolence, anger and his Holiness the Dalai Lama

From Richard Davidson

Being around his Holiness the Dalai Lama who has an extremely strong conviction for non-violence you can sense the power of his commitment to nonviolence by being in his presence.

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Well I think with respect to the effectiveness of nonviolence this really goes back to the Gandhi notion of becoming the change you wish to promote. And it is exemplifying to others the change that you seek to make in others. And so by internalizing it, by embodying it through contact with others, through social learning through the power that provides, there is a real opportunity to promote change.
And for example being around his Holiness the Dalai Lama who has an extremely strong conviction for non-violence you can sense the power of his commitment to nonviolence by being in his presence. And you know it is internalized to a very deep degree so that when he hears about atrocities for example that the Chinese may be committing against Tibetans he doesn't get angry. And so there is no initial provocation there. He is sad. He is just tremendously saddened by the ignorance and the delusion that leads to this but he's not angry. And that's something really profound. And what it implies is that we all have the capability to transform our minds in such a way that the initial internal provocation is diminished.

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  • How do you internalized nonviolence?
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Director's note

This interview shows us how each one of us can be a tool for change, and how we can perceive a life lived in the spirit of nonviolence.

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