Friday night, I posted a playful and sincere post about Avalokiteśvara and single parents.
Playful in the sense that I hope no one really thought that I sprouted a couple of extra arms, but quite sincere in my compassion for those taking care of children on their own.
Personally, I speak the name Avalokiteśvara (GwanSaeEum in Korean) to invoke and strengthen my capacity for compassion. Although my minuscule awareness of the struggles that single parenting must endure came from personal experience, my compassion for them was as selflessly given as I am capable of doing. I had no thoughts of merit or “good Karma” or anything like that at the time.
That’s why it struck me as very peculiar that the next morning, EunBong’s father came to our house with a gift for me; the most beautiful bronze casting of Avalokiteśvara that I’ve ever seen. He said that he told his friend that he wanted to find a really good quality statue for his son-in-law, and his friend brought him this statue. I don’t know how his friend came across it, but he told EunBong’s dad that it had been in a remote mountain temple. It looks like a Nepalese casting, except that the bottom is soldered on, so it could be from India or Tibet. It’s a bit scuffed, and looks very old.
I almost feel like I shouldn’t have it, that it should still be in a far-off shrine somewhere but, at the same time, I’m a little intrigued at how it found its way into my home, pleased that the energy here could invoke such a beautiful object. Or, yet another object to teach me non-attachment!