Source: These Two | Great Middle Way
These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity.
By developing peace, what purpose is served? The mind is purified. By purifying the mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned.
By developing clarity, what purpose is served? Wisdom is developed. By developing wisdom, what purpose is served? Ignorance is abandoned.
Defiled by craving, the mind is not released [from emotional agitation] and defiled by ignorance, wisdom is not developed. Thus, abandoning craving through peace, there is liberation of the mental fluctuations, and abandoning ignorance through clarity, there is liberation by wisdom.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Vijjābhāgiya Sutta
Source: Peace! | Great Middle Way
True peace is always possible. Yet it requires strength and practice, particularly in times of great difficulty. To some, peace and nonviolence are synonymous with passivity and weakness. In truth, practicing peace and nonviolence is far from passive. To practice peace, to make peace alive in us, is to actively cultivate understanding, love, and compassion, even in the face of misperception and conflict. Practicing peace, especially in times of war, requires courage.
All of us can practice nonviolence. We begin by recognizing that, in the depth of our consciousness, we have both the seeds of compassion and the seeds of violence. We become aware that our mind is like a garden that contains all kinds of seeds: seeds of understanding, seeds of forgiveness, seeds of mindfulness, and also seeds of ignorance, fear and hatred. We realize that, any given moment, we can behave with either violence or compassion, depending on the strength of these seeds within us.
—Thich Nhat Hanh