On Sunday we had a meditation at our house, as we do from time to time. On this occasion our teacher was in town and he performed a moving Eye Opening Ceremony for the statue that graces our living room. We looked for a statue suitable to serve as an altar for the meditations here and this was unmistakably the one. We bought it near our 17th wedding anniversary so we have been calling it the Anniversary Statue, but it is really a depiction of Avalokiteswara, or She Who Hears the Cries of the World. The Eye Opening Ceremony points to the teaching embodied in a statue such as this, and is a blessing of the statue as well. She has been “awake and teaching” since she came here, and the ceremony was a confirmation of that. Anyhow, it was a lovely Sunday sit with good friends.