A lotus flower offering at a Buddhist temple. Ayutthaya, Thailand. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
“Peace is not an idea. Peace is not a political movement, not a theory or a dogma. Peace is a way of life: living mindfully in the present moment. It is not a question of politics but of actions. It is not a matter of improving a political system or even taking care of homeless people alone. These are valuable but will not alone end war and suffering. We must simply stop the endless wars that rage within. Imagine, if everyone stopped the war in themselves – there would be no seeds from which war could grow.”