Malala Yousafzai Spoke Like The Buddha

Malala Yousafzai spoke like the Buddha when Jon Stewart interviewed her on the Daily Show on October 8.

When he asked her how she reacted to the Taliban wanting her dead, she said,

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’  But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’ [Read More…]

The 16-year old Malala Yousafzai left Jon Stewart speechless as reported by Business Insider. Watch the video to see her heroic answer.

Malala’s statement is an echo of what the Buddha taught: “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal law.”

Her courage to advocate for the women’s rights and education of women in Swat Valley, Pakistan got her nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She would have been the youngest person to ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am truly delighted to bring this issue to your attention. I think it is extremely important that women have rights and education.

I am so proud to let you know about my friends Janice and Larry Carson. They founded the Ganeasha Foundation to start a school for boys and girls in the isolated mountains of Bali. My wife, Mala, has been there twice and can barely keep from crying when she sees the joy in the children’s faces. Along with Janice, she has brought them small gifts that make a difference in their lives.

Are you willing to stand up for women’s rights and education? If so, why? Otherwise, why not?

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