Gratitude

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Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:45 am

This time of year it is all to easy to forget how lucky we are.
remember
if you received more education than a primary school child
have clean water and clothes
and are not hungry 99% of the time

YOU ARE A LUCKY AND RICHER PERSON THAN 99% OF THE WORLDS POPULACE.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:47 am

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“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:52 am

Well said, Cittasanto.
And to add,
Without the living tradition of the sangha who maintained the practice, and the study and realized the Dhamma for themselves,
we would not have the great gift of the Dhamma today.
with metta,

Ben
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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:04 pm

Ben wrote:Well said, Cittasanto.
And to add,
Without the living tradition of the sangha who maintained the practice, and the study and realized the Dhamma for themselves,
we would not have the great gift of the Dhamma today.
with metta,

Ben

:anjali:
it is also worth remembering that the only education available to people was through the monasteries in the not to distant past (50years) in some places.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:12 pm

Also worth remembering is that many people are persecuted or have been persecuted (not the arguing against beliefs lumped in with persecution in the west) for being of another "faith".

we are lucky to of found the Dhamma, and be able to practice openly with some degree of protection to do so.

The youngest political prisoner in the world is the 11th Panchen Lama.
and there are still places in the world where offending another religion results in real death threats, violent protests and death.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:14 pm

Caution video contains disturbing images

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“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:19 pm

Thank you both for this reminder. We are truly fortunate to have enjoyed the riches of our societies and to have met with the Dhamma. Here is a Dhamma talk on the preciousness of our present life that has moved me and an I feel is apropos: http://www.abhayagiri.org/audio/This_Precious_Human_Life

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:28 pm

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“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Kusala » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:51 pm

Cittasanto wrote:
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Thanks for the reminder, Cittasanto. From Africa to Afghanistan...

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Kusala » Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:08 pm

"There is no fire like passion
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom."
- Dhammapada

The only true freedom from samsara is Nirvana....may all beings be free.
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Sambojjhanga » Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:20 pm

Cittasanto wrote:This time of year it is all to easy to forget how lucky we are.
remember
if you received more education than a primary school child
have clean water and clothes
and are not hungry 99% of the time

YOU ARE A LUCKY AND RICHER PERSON THAN 99% OF THE WORLDS POPULACE.


Thank you for reminding me of this great truth. I am most fortunate to live in relative riches. I'm most fortunate to have found the dhamma and I am also most fortunate to be part of this online Buddhist community.

Metta

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Sabba rasam dhammaraso jinati
The flavor of the dhamma exceeds all other flavors

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Yana » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:11 am

I am grateful :candle:
Life is preparing for Death

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Annapurna » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:07 pm

Thank you, Cittasanto.

May we make good use of what we have. May we able to share it with those who don't have enough...
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Re: Gratitude

Postby Annapurna » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:09 pm

YOU ARE A LUCKY AND RICHER PERSON THAN 99% OF THE WORLDS POPULACE.


Is it really these numbers...? :(
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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:05 am

Annapurna wrote:
YOU ARE A LUCKY AND RICHER PERSON THAN 99% OF THE WORLDS POPULACE.


Is it really these numbers...? :(

Not precisely but I don't think it is too far away from this number.
I think I heard 75% once or twice but was more using the "We Are The 99%" moto here for social reference.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Gratitude

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:13 am

maybe these statistics give a better idea of the figures?
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phpBB [video]
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."


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