From “Bringing Home the Dharma”, by Jack Kornfield

The_New_fighting_the_Old_in_early_Meiji_Japan_circa_1870
The New fighting the Old in early Meiji Japan circa 1870

The quieting of our mind is a political act. The world does not really need more oil or energy or food. It needs less greed, less hatred, less ignorance. If we have inadvertently taken on the political bitterness or cynicism that exists externally, we can stop and begin to heal our own suffering, our own fear, with compassion. Through meditation and inner transformation, we can learn to make our own hearts a place of peace and integrity.

Each of us knows how to do this. As Gandhi acknowledged, “I have nothing new to teach this world. Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills.” It is our inner nobility and steadiness that we must call upon in our personal and collective difficulties.

From “Bringing Home the Dharma”, by Jack Kornfield

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