In this month when many of the great religions honor their sacred traditions, I would ask you to remember the many who are suffering in the midst of plenty, the homeless, the unemployed, the battered women in shelters, the disenfranchised. Each in your own way, I would ask you to extend the hand of love, kindness and compassion to those less fortunate.
During this festive season, I would like to offer this traditional Buddhist blessing to each of you:
May you be safe from inner and outer harm,
May you be happy and safe,
May you be strong and healthy, and
May you take care of all beings with joy.