Anytime Buddhism talks about peace, we should be quite clear and precise as to how it differs from other usages of the word. In Buddhism, peace has nothing to do with pleasure. Peace is just simply peace. It is nonaggression. Nothing takes place. We simply quiet down, and in doing so, things become very clear. Peace refers to an absence of chaos. Holding on to your particular philosophy creates pain because you cherish your beliefs so much, and when your particular beliefs do not match what you are told, that also creates pain. Nirvana transcends the pain of ﬁxation, of holding on to ideas. You begin to feel that the rug is being pulled out from under your feet—but at the same time, the pain of ﬁxation is also pulled out. So the basis of peace is cutting through ﬁxed views.