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Gratitude Meditation

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Gratitude Meditation

Postby jackson » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:56 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm wondering if there is a systematized meditation akin to metta meditation but for cultivating gratitude, and if so could someone give me a link to it?
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Re: Gratitude Meditation

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Re: Gratitude Meditation

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Re: Gratitude Meditation

Postby rowyourboat » Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:19 am

Isn't gratitude a bit different from mudita (being happy in another's happiness)? :smile:

I think it is a slightly overlooked quality even though the Buddha has said that it is a rare person in this world who is grateful. If you cant find one, you should make your own one up and let us know as well!
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Re: Gratitude Meditation

Postby PeterB » Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:48 am

It is rowyourboat, but its hard to imagine some who developes metta and mudita , not as a by- product rejoicing in their own blessings.

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Re: Gratitude Meditation

Postby jackson » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Thankyou for you replies!
I never really associated gratitude with mudita before, but now that I think about it they are closely related, and I never thought of directing mudita towards oneself, which sounds like a good idea. The way I was thinking of gratitude was more along the lines of reflecting on the four requisites and gratitude towards ones parents, but I'm wondering, would being grateful for someone elses' fortune be a highly developed form of mudita? I always saw sympathetic joy as rejoicing in others successes, but being grateful for others successes seems like it would be quite a lofty aspiration, or perhaps I'm taking it to extremes beyond what the Buddha taught? I'm interested to know.
Metta, :smile:
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Re: Gratitude Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:33 pm

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:15 am

Thanks Mike. I appreciate the link nonetheless. Metta.
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