Sunday, September 11, 2005

Peace starts within each one of us

On this anniversary of the day four years ago when we witnessed the murder of thousands and the obliteration of life as we knew it by the forces of hatred, terror and evil, these words of wisdom seem appropriate:

"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.

When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously."

- The Dailai Lama, from The Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1989

2 comments:

Susan said...

Loving kindness is the key. Buddha, Jesus, the Dali, Mohammed, Judea, all the same message.
If only people could see through their struggles and past all the anger to what resides in all of us. Divine spirit, goodness and peace.
May peace be with you today!

vivage said...

FYI: The Dahli Lama is going to be on Larry King Live tonight.

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