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The Commander and the Wise Monk is a Buddhist tale about a military conflict and the powerful change that compassion can bring, even to the most unexpected practitioner. The commander of a glorious army conquers a peasants' land and dramatically changes the habits and the quality of life of its simple inhabitants. Among the conquered ones, nobody decides to rise up. But life events are always unexpected and so the commander finds himself deeply challenged by the most harmless of his new subjects, an old monk who peacefully continues his classes and has no will of rising up against him. When simple teachings are taught from our innate compassion, they can be more effective than weapons. Once awaken to its gentle wisdom, our heart guides our eyes, our actions in life and frees our minds.