One of the things that meditation teaches us, when we slowly descend into ourselves, is that the sense of peace already exists in us. We all have the deep desire for it even if it's often hidden, masked, thwarted. Buddhists believe that human nature, if we examine it carefully, is good, well disposed, helpful.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Violence & Compassion by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Jean-Claude Carriere