Gratitude

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Gratitude

Postby mint » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:59 pm

Are there any good books on cultivating gratitude from a Buddhist perspective?
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Re: Gratitude

Postby floating_abu » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:02 pm

Meditation is one of the best and most experiential ways of getting in touch with your natural heart, of which gratitude is a natural condition. I would recommend you take it from there.
Other people will have more informed advice.

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Re: Gratitude

Postby joy&peace » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:56 pm

Namu-Amida-Butsu ; Namo Amituofo ; Namo Bhaisajya Guru ; Om Mani Peme Hum ; Om Ah Vajra Hum
Om Ah Hum Vajra Medicine Buddha Mantra Heart Sutra Green Tara Mantra Lotus Sutra We're Going Wrong- Cream
Trust yourself, trust your heart, and you will have the truest guide.
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Re: Gratitude

Postby joy&peace » Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:59 pm

Here is a quote from it. by, nlambert.

'Joy is natural to an open heart. In it, we are not afraid of pleasure. We do not mistakenly believe it is disloyal to the suffering of the world to honor the happiness we have been given.

Like gratitude, joy gladdens the heart. We can be joyful for people we love, for moments of goodness, for sunlight and trees, and for the breath within our breast. And as our joy grows we finally discover a happiness without cause. Like an innocent child who does not have to do anything to be happy, we can rejoice in life itself, in being alive.

Let yourself sit quietly and at ease. Allow your body to be relaxed and open, your breath natural, your heart easy. Begin the practice of gratitude by feeling how year after year you have cared for your own life. Now let yourself begin to acknowledge all that has supported you in this care:

With gratitude I remember the people, animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life every day.

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me.

I offer my gratitude for the safety and well-being I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the blessing of this earth I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the life I have been given.


Just as we are grateful for our blessings, so we can be grateful for the blessings of others.

Continue to breathe gently. Bring to mind someone you care about, someone it is easy to rejoice for. Picture them and feel the natural joy you have for their well-being, for their happiness and success. With each breath, offer them your grateful, heartfelt wishes:

May you be joyful.

May your happiness increase.

May you not be separated from great happiness.

May your good fortune and the causes for your joy and happiness increase.
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Namu-Amida-Butsu ; Namo Amituofo ; Namo Bhaisajya Guru ; Om Mani Peme Hum ; Om Ah Vajra Hum
Om Ah Hum Vajra Medicine Buddha Mantra Heart Sutra Green Tara Mantra Lotus Sutra We're Going Wrong- Cream
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