We all like peace
We all like peace; there is not even a single person who doesn't like peace. But if we do not integrate it with the wisdom aspect, we will be unable to purify the defilements in our minds and completely remove the obscurations. Therefore, all we will achieve is a mere state of peace in which our body, speech and mind don't experience much suffering. It will be just that and not the final fruition of the path. In the same way, if all we want is peace and we don't accompany this with the altruistic motivation of compassion, love, and so forth, then all our efforts will be self-centered. That means that we will gain an egotistic kind of peace. It will become like aspirin. Meditation becomes aspirin. We feel, ‘I must make my mind happy. . . my mind is too difficult to handle. . . I must find peace. . . [My] energy is not balanced here, so I meditate on peace.’ You know it is good, but it becomes aspirin meditation. In that way you will never go further because you are not joining peace with wisdom and you are not expressing compassion.