This is the time of year we often here the phrase, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” Although this phrase from New Testament, part of “The Annunciation to the shepherds” where a group of angels tell some shepherds about the birth of Jesus, is not exactly a mandate for humans to establish peace on earth, nevertheless, that is the popular sentiment.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche has this to say about peace:
We may shout, ‘Let there be peace!’ but this won’t really bring peace. Peace will appear in the world around us only when each individual learns to tame the disturbances arising within his or her own mind. Then, peace will come automatically.”
Actually, peace is already here. If you calm your mind, there is peace. If you illuminate your mind, peace shines brightly like the sun. Once we have found inner peace, it is crucial that we share it. Sharing peace with the world is the highest awakening, the supreme enlightenment – the path of the altruistic heroes we call bodhisattvas.
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Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche quote from Union of Mahamudra and Dzoghen