S.N. Goenka wrote:
There is so much misery all around. If we can wipe the tears of even a few people
who are suffering, we have paid back a little of our debt of gratitude to the Buddha
and to the Sangha, the chain of teachers who have maintained the tradition from
May all of you develop Dhamma strength. May you all keep growing in Dhamma, and
help others to grow in Dhamma. May more and more people benefit from your
May the wheel of Dhamma keep rotating. May the light of Dhamma spread
throughout the world. May the darkness of ignorance be dispelled. May more and
more people come out of their misery. May all beings be happy, be peaceful, be
Bhavatu sabba maṅgalaṃ
sadu ! sadu ! sadu !
It is a real compassionate deed to pay gratitude to Lord Budda who dedicated more than 24 aeons life times on behalf of human,gods,monks etc,to achieve the goal of Nirwana.
This extent period is difficult to fathom.
Lord Budda scarified His chance of achieving Nirwana on behalf us for people born 2550 yrs ahead at the time of Deepankar Budda.
It is the Great Sanga carried forward the Dhamma message first by word then in written form.
Oh,what a scarification made.(I think Jesus has done more or less same scarification)( without prejudice)
So dear Ben you have refresh our minds about Great Gratitude.May Kusala merit be bestow to you and as well as all D/W who read this thread.
Goenka Jee has done a great service to modern civilization.By helping to organized Meditation Centers all around he had create avenues for those are needy in order to spread the message of Dhamma.
So much have achieve levels of Vipassana Training from these centres. Let his wishes be fulfilled as he wish with these great merits.