Although there are certainly varied degrees of discomfort in different locations, there is no perfect place. Now, some places may indeed be more bearable than others, and some others may seem almost incompatible with our aspirations, but by and large they are all the same –places of suffering, where we experience birth, disease, aging, and death.
And, of all such places, what we call home may be the most unsuitable of all. One advice repeatedly given to persons on the path of Dharma is to ‘leave home’.
Home –our place of birth, the realm of family– is the location in which attachments and aversions are most pronounced. We were born there precisely because of our karma, and karmic bonds are experienced more strongly there. That’s why monks and nuns leave home, but in this age one need not become a monastic to do so.
However, the trick is not to turn any other place into ‘home’, to remain always aware that we’re just passing through, that we did not start this trip here, and that our destination is elsewhere. Otherwise, we’ll sadly mistake this temporary inn for our permanent residence, and spend all our time bickering with other guests about the amenities and service, instead of continuing on our journey.