Approaching Peace

In a world that so often feels bereft of peace, how do we find, or approach peace?

In Zen, when someone wants to know about pine trees, he is told to learn from the pine trees; when he wants to know about bamboo, he should learn from the bamboo. It is by becoming thoroughly one with the pine tree can we really understand it; only by becoming thoroughly one with the bamboo can we really enter into it. In the very same way, we have to become thoroughly one with reality. Only then can we truly realize and appropriate whatever is within reality.

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12 Replies to “Approaching Peace”

  1. :) Thank you…

    “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

    Albert Schweitzer

  2. I like the thought of BEing at onewith reality allowing you to find out what is within in..
    Close to mindfulness and in tune with the looking inwards I believe is so central to getting ourselves first – and really seeing the world and getting it too

    Great few lines. Thank you.

  3. It’s very true, inspiration or the spark to ignite each other’s imagination crosses all boundaries and teaches us that we are closer, at heart, to each other than we first realised. Synergy I call it.

  4. Yes Andrea you’re right its absolutely about mindfulness… and from taking a long good look at ourselves and our place in the cosmos. We may not understand it, and that’s ok for there’s nothing to fight against. Non-duality is the first step (and last step) towards peace.

  5. We are such finite creatures, yet there is, in each of us, the capacity for the infinite. And that gives me great hope….

    Thank you for your wonderful posts!

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