His Holiness the Dalai Lama made a statement supporting armed forces featured in a post last Monday on the  of the Buddhist Military Sangha blog.  His Holiness said that actions that appear “harsh or tough” on the surface may actually be “non-violent” if they are based on good motivation.    What makes both a good monk and a good solider is the drive to serve others:  “Inner strength depends on having a firm positive motivation. The difference lies in whether ultimately you want to ensure others’ well being or whether you want only wish to do them harm.”  How do these comments make you feel?

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