Gratitude ~ 17th Karmapa

If we just quickly gulp down a cup of tea without any thought or consideration, I wonder whether we are genuine practitioners…. From the smallest things on up, even the cup of tea we drank for breakfast depended upon many sentient beings in order to be made. Similarly, if we think about the inhabitants of this world, our food, clothing, beds, possessions, houses – in brief, anything at all that we might need is produced through the effort and difficulties of many sentient beings. To talk about it from a broader perspective, it is primarily the outer natural world – the plants, forests, and all the other things made up of the four elements – that supports our lives, makes it possible for us to breathe, gives us good health, and so forth. They sustain us. We should be grateful to them.

17th Karmapa

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