‘Those who have renounced the use of force in relationship to other beings, whether weak or strong, who neither kill nor cause to be killed, can be called great beings.’ – Dhammapada 405

We aspire to live with a heart of kindness and wisdom. And it is to these spiritual powers that we need to turn when we seek a resolution to conflict. On occasions when we don’t get our own way, we can feel tempted to use force. At an instinctive level part of us might want to fight, manipulate, even be unkind. For this reason we train to prepare ourselves in advance, so that when the fires of resentment, frustration and disappointment flare up we don’t abandon our commitment to reality.

— Ajahn Munindo, Dhammapada Reflections

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