As I prepared to observe Guru Purnima something clicked. Wow! Guru Purnima is observed by the entire Dharmic community -- Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs and it also has a strong message of environmental harmony.
By taking vows and being formally accepted into my own tradition, I can approach the deepest freedom of love of God by working within the structure of my tradition.
That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.