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I read the HHDL's statement about the Paris attacks. Obviously, we can only control ourselves, and peace truly does start with us creating it in our hearts, and then our families, and extending it outward. I can have compassion for people who do horrible things, understanding they come from a place of deep and horribly suffering.
But then what? If TNH, HHDL, Pema Chodron, all the notable spiritual leaders in Buddhism and other compassion-based traditions were to sit down and work out a plan for how to handle a global (or even single country) response to terrorism, what would it be? How would Buddha suggest we handle this?
I am not a fan of war and bombing. It's heart breaking to see us make the same mistakes over and over again. But what to do instead? You can't exactly offer to meditate with ISIS and people with that kind of mindset. So what practical things can actually be done on a large scale to force/inflict change without using violence? I truly wonder what Buddha and Jesus and Mohammed etc would do.