West London Buddhist Centre

Peace without judgment

Published on Jan 18th 2024, in Blog

Caught up in my own inner conflicts, it is easy to lose perspective of the world’s spectrum of difficulties, challenges, pain and loss. All valid, all relative. All experience of inhabitants of this precious Earth. This poem from Dorothy Hunt speaks to the everyday-ness of conflict  –  and what peace might look like.

Do you think peace requires an end to war?
Or tigers eating only vegetables?
Does peace require an absence from
your boss, your spouse, yourself?…
Do you think peace will come some other place than here?
Some other time than Now?
In some other heart than yours?

Peace is this moment without judgment.
That is all. This moment in the Heart-space
where everything that is is welcome.
Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.

​Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the Heart-space where
everything that is is welcome.


With a bow
from the 18 Jan 2024 newsletter

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