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Peace

These Two

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17834863_1024975104268631_7976167805690967027_oThese 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


Peace everywhere

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“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free… You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.”
~Bodhidharma

 


Where else will you find peace if not within you?

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“If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace. You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within you?”

~ Papaji ~


Peace warrior

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No Peace

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Peace!

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12227050_998045490252967_7245124504329937910_nTrue 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