The Battle Within: Developing a Virtuous Self for the Attainment of Communal Peace and Harmony

Dipti Visuddhangkoon

Abstract


Suppose if striving for peace in Buddhism is considered a mental flow of energy, then it could be understood as being both centrifugal and centripetal in nature; having outward flowing trajectories as well as a strong inward moving tendency. In other words, peace is not just an external factor that comes to affect lives from the outside, but very much an internal happening that governs individual lives, before it impacts communal existence. From the individual practice of learning to cultivate peace within, Buddhists develop the outer contours of peace and harmonious co-existence.

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