How do you experience gratitude? Gratefulness, as David Steindl-Rast writes, happens when the heart flows over and must be expressed. Gratefulness arises like the surf or a fresh breath, natural and in accord—a basic, personal awareness that something good has happened. When we look at our lives for these moments, we find them filled with gifts: a sudden smile; caring and being cared for; meeting a teacher of the Dharma; finding our way through the twisted tangles of our greed, anger and ignorance; and, being in the company of good friends and guides.
This issue of Mountain Record, we turn toward gratitude as an integral part of spiritual practice. Sometimes it’s not so easy—when gratitude is not present, when resentment or bitterness holds sway—and there are Buddhist teachings to help turn and free up these states of mind.
Includes writing by the teachers of the Mountains and Rivers Order, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Sayadaw U Pandita, Jack Kornfield and Jan Chozen Bays.
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