No post-traumatic symptoms

Modern psychology takes note: experiencing a traumatic event, even decades of maltreatment and torture does not determine whether or not one has post-traumatic stress disorder. It is the way one makes meaning of the event that determines its effect on one’s mental health. In Rinpoche’s case, he decided to create meaning with compassion. It has been well documented that there is unusually low PTSD amongst Tibetan refugees who experienced torture at the hands of the Chinese. HH Dalai Lama surmised that this was due to the Tibetan culture valuing compassion toward one’s enemy (in this case the Chinese occupiers) as the probable cause.

After spending 18 years in Chinese prison he came to India in the 1980. He had a meeting with His Holiness and told him…

Posted by Kalachakra by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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