ONE is always shocked and distressed by acts of violence against human beings. But for me the recent reports about atrocities committed by Buddhist monks on helpless Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar was doubly disturbing because of the book Destructive Emotions and How We Can Overcome Them that I am reading currently.

The book is about dialogue by a group of Western scientists with the Dalai Lama about destructive emotions in human beings and how they can be overcome.

The Dalai Lama gives a very important input from the Buddhist faith about peace, harmony, and total abstinence of violence towards not only human beings, but all living creatures, including insects.

These violent acts, perhaps, underscores the importance of constantly reinforcing the message of empathy, kindness and tolerance as universal values, not only through school curriculum but also through mass awareness programmes.

AKBAR JAN MARWAT Islamabad

Updated Jun 06, 2013 05:08am

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Comments (6) (Closed)


Hamid
Jun 06, 2013 04:56pm
Lol..what a joke! we are the most violent community in this universe with our religion called "peace"? Look in our own country what we did to minorities?????????
Tamilselvan
Jun 06, 2013 12:54pm
Islam needs spiritual leaders like Dalai Lama as looking at the track record violence in the name of religion is carried out to the maximum extent by its followers especially in Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi to name a few..
Agha Ata
Jun 06, 2013 12:29pm
Has Asoka stepped out of history books and gone missing?
G.A.
Jun 06, 2013 12:13pm
Every religion talks of peace and forming peaceful societies is what the purpose of all religions is. It is the bad apples in every nation who misuse religion to indulge in crime and brutality.
Salim
Jun 06, 2013 06:49am
Muslims should be allowed to live in Burma according to their traditions and where are human right organizations now..
Bilal
Jun 06, 2013 06:00am
Very well written Sir. If only we could also have the same approach and attitudes of kindness and tolerance here in Pakistan. Only yesterday, I was reading about the bold statements made by new elected young lady MNA's about ill treatment of minorities in Pakistan and how the hate and discrimination towards them should be wiped out. By and large, the public's reaction was good but there were a few posts that sadly reflected the negative stance still maintained by the 'educated' public.