The Dalai Lama was being interviewed and was asked about his devotion to the concepts of non-violence and compassion and respect for all forms of life, however big or small. The interviewer asked what he would do if a mosquito landed on his arm, intent on biting him. The Dalai Lama lightly brushed one hand across his arm and answered that he would do his best just to wave the bug away without harming it. But what if it landed again, and bit him this time? Well, the answer came, the mosquito is a living creature and needs to eat just like every other living creature. So, let it eat. But, the interviewer asked, what if it landed a third time and tried for another bite? The Dalai Lama slapped his hand down on his arm, laughed, and simply said, “Karma!”

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