Dharma teachings from the 8 Precepts Retreat 26-27 March 2016 (2)
Thay explained that statues and paintings are used to convey teachings and values. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is often portrayed as holding a willow branch and a vase containing nectar. Using the willow branch, the Bodhisattva sprinkles the nectar drawn from the vase onto people to alleviate their sufferings. The willow branch represents suppleness while the nectar vase symbolises a pure mind and body. So, in helping others we need to be understanding and accomodating, and that our intentions and actions are pure and sincere. Purity of mind and body is achieved through internal reflection and not through rites and ceremonies.
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya