Our Own True Lives: Thank You Very Much!

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Thanksgiving weekend dharma talk on the many-layered and mysterious qualities of gratitude: aspirational, strategic, innocent, etc. The act of giving is pure —any gift is good. A koan story: A teacher gives a student a yearlong task on feeling gratitude. Music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher on violin introducing the Four Vows.

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John Tarrant’s Thanksgiving weekend dharma talk on the many-layered and mysterious qualities of gratitude: aspirational, strategic, innocent, etc.

The Latin root of gratitude is gratis. Gratuity is there as well, the more strategic form of giving.

The act of giving is pure—and any gift is good. Sinking into the concept of gratitude allows it to reveal itself. All koans lead toward the appreciation for life—you can’t find a wrong thing about it.

Thanksgiving is a time when old stories and karma can reemerge—the great karmic wind blows away negative influences.

A koan story: A teacher gives a student a yearlong task on feeling gratitude. He does not want to accept, but does…

Music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell, and Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher on violin to introduce the Four Vows.

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