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Gratitude - Bhikkhu Nyanadassana & Mahinda

Gratitude - Bhikkhu Nyanadassana & Mahinda

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GratitudeGratitude
GRATITUD
Compiled with theassistance and guidance of 
 Venerable Nyanadassana TheroMahinda Wijesinghe
 
in the Buddha's Teaching
 
GratitudeGratitude
The gift of Dhamma excels all other gifts
Anyone desirous of reproducing this booklet
for free distribution
has permission to do so
This booklet has been compiled with the assistanceand guidance of Venerable Nyanadassana Thero.Mahinda Wijesinghe2552/July 2008
Printed in Sri Lanka by
 
lithira2008@yahoo.com
C o n t e n t s
INTRODUCTION01SUTTAS ABOUT GRATITUDE05SUTTAS ABOUT INGRATITUDE08GRATITUDE- Article adapted from
www.freebuddhistaudio.com
10ENDNOTES25
THIS IS A GIFT AND NOT FOR SALE
 
FREE HARD-COPIESFor free and postage-free hard-copiesplease email to:mahindawij@sltnet.lk
 
GratitudeGratitude
INTRODUCTION
Gratitude
is a rare quality in humans. It is the quality of  people of integrity, of good and noble character. Ingratitude, onthe other hand, seems to be the rule of everyday life, when mandisplays his baser instincts. The Buddha, in the Suttas that fol-low, speaks about both and shows the strength of the former andthe weakness of the latter.The strength of the former is exalted in the M
a
ï
gala Sutta,the Sutta of Blessings, where the Buddha declares gratitude tobe one of the highest blessings, thus showing how it plays a keyrole in His ethical and spiritual teachings. His message here isthat if you cultivate gratitude, if you are grateful, this is a signthat you are making ethical and spiritual progress, that you are inthe process of achieving a highest and rare blessing in life.The typical weakness of ingratitude, on the other hand, isarrogance and egotism when thinking that whatever one hasachieved in life was by ones efforts alone. A modest personrealizes that the efforts of many people such as parents, teachers,friends, et al, have served in realizing his noble goals and he feels
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