Originally Posted by scott snedeker
But if you defend yourself with violence you are also not practicing nonviolence. In this situation one must choose the lesser of two violent options.
True, even the Buddist monks were allowed to defend themselves against attacks if it was not started by them and they had first tried to avoid it.
I also agree that it is easier to stop violence with non violence. I have seldom heard of an ex-con that went to prision for killing someone and came out of that violent environment a better person for it. They only learn how to become better at not getting caught and how to improve thier skills of violence.