When Gandhi said that love is the force that can liberate, he meant we have to love our enemy. Even if our enemy is cruel, even if he is crushing us, sowing terror and injustice, we have to love him. This is the message of Jesus. But how can we love our enemy? There is only one way – to understand him. We have to understand why he is that way, how he has come to be like that, why he does not see things the way we do. Understanding a person brings us the power to love and accept him. And the moment we love and accept him, he ceases to be our enemy. To “love our enemy” is impossible, because the moment we love him, he is no longer our enemy.
Thich Nhat Hanh
from the book Living Buddha, Living Christ
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Further quotes from the book Living Buddha, Living Christ:
- Making peace with ourselves
- Offering our presence
- Taking refuge here and now
- Our own direct experience of reality