A Western Buddhist woman was in India, studying with her teacher. She was
riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw-like carriage, when they were
attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in
frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and
told her teacher so. She asked him what she should have done - what would have
been the appropriate, Buddhist response.
The teacher said very simply, "You should have very mindfully and with
great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella."