The story Robert Thurman tells of Tibet is of the transformation of a ferocious nation into a compassionate one seeking transformation.
The charismatic powers of Padmasambhava brought about an unusual degree of teamwork among kings, abbots and monastics, keeping Tibet unified. Buddhism led to a shift in society, as Buddha, unlike Arjuna, steps away from the warrior role.
By demonstrating that it was possible to attain Buddhahood in one lifetime, Milarepa attracted many more Tibetans to Buddhism, continuing the shift away from militarism.
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