“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Every human being wants to be happy, to live a life of worth, to love and be loved. We wish to be treated with dignity, equality and justice. Yet, often we are besieged by sorrow, feel the sting of unworthiness, despair that we will ever find a way to love or, indeed, to be loved. Our world is one of increasing speed and complexity in which we are subjected to the oppression of growing inequality and injustice.

Many of us are unsure of how to respond appropriately to such oppression—what actions we can take that are aligned with our purpose. We ask how we can find a way into the peace, happiness, love, dignity and confidence for which our hearts deeply yearn.

The profound Path taught by Shakyamuni Buddha more than twenty six hundred years ago supports us in our intention to live aligned with our quest. This Path was shown by the Buddha in response to his deep insight that although we seek peace and happiness, human beings often walk paths that lead to the very opposite results. Through meditation, reflection and a life of integrity, we encounter the beauty of presence; the mind, heart and body settle into stillness and the beautiful inherent qualities of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity are awakened. Love and presence manifest in our lives as the freedom, dignity and peace we seek.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted above, it is a powerful love that will liberate us from the ravages of injustice. We understand that transformation of our world begins with the turning of each individual heart towards freedom. We see that true social change begins with the wise heart that chooses generosity and love rather than self centeredness and ill will. Through the strength of love married to the power of wisdom, the appropriate response to our situation appears.