The Buddha gives us lessons in freeing ourselves but there are critical choices to be made – an emptying out, a readiness, a rising up, a deep yearning for truth. We are compelled to trust so completely to wake up to the peace in our hearts, offering the best we can. It’s a harvest of wisdom. And in this remarkable learning, we receive the great gift of a love, a compassion, a kindness that pervades us and, in turn, allows us to extend it to all beings. A talk given at the Toronto Theravada Buddhist Community (TBC), April, 2007.