Once upon a time, I was days away from taking my pratimoksa (monstastic vows) in Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhism, and becoming a sāmaṇera (novice monk). Though my life and call to service took a different path, I still hold the lay precepts close to my heart.
One of the first and most life-altering concepts I learned in my studies was the idea that my struggles, obstacles, and challenges are critical parts of my journey. Without them, I could never begin to understand – much less practice – compassion.
Today I wish for you appropriate difficulties and sufferings on your journey. Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.