I sit now before the Buddha and
contemplate that by seeing the aggregates as empty He attained great peace. It
is His unmoved stillness and sorrowless compassion that shall be my
inspiration. Those who are angry at injustice, impatient for change, despairing
at tragedy, elated today and depressed tomorrow, are soon exhausted. But those
whose minds are always still and who abide in peace, are abundant in energy.
They, like the Buddha, are islands of peace in a sea of turmoil and a refuge to
Therefore, I will seek peace and quiet, avoiding always the loud, the noisy and
those who wish to argue.
I will strive to restore harmony to those who are at odds.
I will speak without abuse or harshness, gentle always, with words sweet and
I will strive to be conciliatory and yielding, and never be a source of
conflict for others.
May all who live in turmoil find the peace they long for.
May my heart be free from agitation of defilements.
May my abiding in peace help in the freeing of the heart.