Creating peace in the world – Thich Nhat Hanh

November 17, 2011

The antidote to violence and hatred is compassion.  there is no other medicine.  Unfortunately, compassion is not available in drugstores.  you have to generate the nectar of compassion in your heart.  the teaching of the Buddha gives us the means to generate the energy of compassion.  If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our cravings, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation – our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of other nations?  Looking deeply, we find out that not only do we suffer but also the other person suffers deeply.  Not only our group suffers but the other group also suffers.  Once awareness is born, we know that punishment, violence, and war are not the answer.

The one who wants to punish is inhabited by violence.  the one who endures the suffering of the other person is also inhabited by the energy of violence.  Violence cannot be ended with violence.   The Buddha said that responding to hatred with hatred can only increase hatred a thousandfold.  Only by responding to hatred with compassion can we disintegrate hatred.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh (Creating True Peace)

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