"As a Buddhist monk I’m not just concerned about what I say. It’s important for me to be a steady and consistent example of that which is peaceful and compassionate. This is my 46th year as a monk. Firstly, I’m here to practice. But I’m also here to be an example and give encouragement and support to both the monastic and lay community."
His insight applies to all of us who have a regular meditation practice. That should lead us to be "mentors" of peace and compassion.