Internal Disarmament

Yesterday morning, in the football stadium at Rutgers University, the Dalai Lama spoke to a huge and appreciative crowd about peace, war and reconciliation. It was a good message that all people need to hear...and heed.

In part, the Buddhist sage said that attaining true peace in the world depends upon "internal disarmament," where we work to become more aware of our own emotional reactions to other people and thereby gain greater control over negatives like hatred and anger.

It is not a quick fix. The Dalai Lama said that if we start now in earnest, educating the children in the ways of peace, we may attain this goal in a century or so.

We won't be alive to see the fruits of this effort, but this is noble labor.


Anonymous said…
The idea of internal disarmorment is exactily what we need to do, not just as a race of humans but specifically as a country. Too many people go around angry all day even though they don't realize how good they have it in this country.

Terrence Seamon said…
Hey Kevin,

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

zannierose said…
it was interesting to come across this post. I recently met a young man who has been actively demonstrating against the 'Arms Fair' here in London.
I admire his passion and commitment to peace, but do wonder about his internal state. If we meet up again I may have an opportunity to expand the dialogue
Terrence Seamon said…
Thanks for your comment, Zannie.


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