Today is our Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva and when we look around the hall, we find ourselves surrounded by all these lovely images of this Bodhisattva and encompassed by inspiring music and invocations. So I’d like to talk a bit about what it can mean to each of us to be a bodhisattva.
It seems obvious to me that home, our true heart, is our practice of compassion, love and wisdom. The question for me is how do we get there?… Our opportunity for practice is right here, in this very place, and right now, in this very moment. This is the Way of the Buddhas; this is the Buddha nature manifesting itself. Our ‘true home’ is here, and the time is now, so the question I would pose to you, that you might ask yourself, as I ask myself from time to time: if not here, where? And if not now, when?