If you want to benefit others and are concerned about world peace, keeping these vows is essential. It means you stop many negative actions that harm others, directly or indirectly, because you made a vow. You don’t harm yourself by doing those negative actions, because by harming others, you receive harm in the future. By living in these vows one, two, three, four, or five lay vows, you stop giving that much harm to your family, to the people around you, to animals, to people in your country, in the world — however many billions of people there are — you stop harming them. The absence of harm is peace, so you are giving peace to others, including your family, those around you, and then everyone else. The more vows you take, the less harm you give to others, and the more peace and happiness they receive from you.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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