lobster wrote:steveb1 wrote:Instead, I carry a small canister of pepper spray in a pocket, in case attacked by humans or animals. The idea is to disable the attacker while giving the victim a chance to exit the area. The attacker is not permanently harmed. Are non-lethal self-defense devices, such as pepper spray, "permissible" in Buddhism?
Are you also carrying more than a 'reasonable' amount of fear and intention?
Many of us who have done Buddhist or other martial arts do everything to avoid carrying or using weapons. However I do not know your environment or needs. You do not sound dangerous or aggressive
If you wish to do a martial art then a combat based Tai Chi Chuan will give you some health and confidence as will metta practice.
Many Buddhists such as the renowned Shaolin used the discipline of hard physical practice as part of their sadhana.
Thanks for your reply and advice. I don't think I'm carrying an overload of aggression and/or paranoia. In my life, I've been set upon by hostile strangers (humans and dogs), and now with age, obesity, and arthritis, I really doubt I could "do the moves" that would build up martial art skills - however, I'll look into Tai Chi Chuan - maybe it's something I could use - thanks for the recommendation