…inner peace and joy not only benefits the individual who develops it; it also benefits the entire human community,…
In this sense, the inner state of the mind is much more important than external conditions.
Therefore it is essential that we ourselves know the means by which a state of inner peace is created and cultivated. Not only would this benefit us individually in a very immediate, practical and down-to-earth sense; but also in this era when there is so much social tension on the earth, when the nations of the world are themselves so intensely concerned with competition and with efforts to overpower one another-even at the threat of nuclear devastation – it is most urgent for us to try to develop spiritual wisdom. At present the world is not lacking in technological or industrial development.
What are we lacking ?
A basis for inner harmony and joy.
Were we to cultivate the gentle pleasures of a loving and compassionate mind inspired by wisdom, the result would be that we would continually experience peace and happiness, even when confronted by external hardships, and we would have a pacifying effect on our chaotic environment rather than merely being caught up in and perpetrating it.
On the other hand, when our mind is bereft of spiritual qualities and instead we are controlled by inner forces such as greed, jealousy, aggression, pride and so forth, then even the most positive external conditions will fail to bring any significant comfort to the mind.
Hence this inner peace and joy not only benefits the individual who develops it; it also benefits the entire human community, and by extension this entire world in which we live.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama