Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day, and the news is good. Since this worldwide event began 22 years ago, hundreds of cities and communities across the planet have successfully united to take action and save lives.
Today, HIV infections are down. Millions have gained access to treatment. Infant protection has increased many times over. Although there is much more work to be done, we are in a victorious moment. World AIDS Day has proven that united, active compassion can turn back an epidemic that has brought untold suffering.
Kwan Yin, in Buddhist tradition, is the Bodhisattva of mercy and compassion. She represents in a very personal way what can be done on a global scale. She hears the cries of all beings and is often depicted with healing waters devoted to providing physical and spiritual peace.
Together, let’s light a candle and send Kwan Yin’s healing compassion to those millions of families affected by HIV/AIDS. And if you’d like to do more, I encourage you to visit the World AIDS Campaign website.
With mercy and compassion,