"Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with one self and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace."
Part of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's nobel speach, University Aula, Oslo, December 11th, 1989. His Holiness finished the talk with the following poem which as he said gives him inspiration.
"For as long as space endures,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I, too, abide
To dispel the misery of the world."
Shantideva, 8th-century Indian Buddhist scholar
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