Happy Thanksgiving from Lama Gursam
Dear Dharma Friends, Coordinators, Sangha, and Students,
I wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am so fortunate to have gotten to meet you, and to share the precious Dharma. Your generosity has been what has made my visits possible. You have given me Dana in many forms: money donations, a place to teach, a place to stay, a listening ear, and a kind heart. I thank you each for your kindness, and request a shower of blessings upon you and your dear ones on this Thanksgiving Day.
I was looking forward to visiting the North East before returning to India, but my father’s health required that I return immediately to Dharmsala and Bir, India. Fortunately, I was able to adjust my flight plans to return to Delhi sooner. I am providing loving support to my Father and my Mother on this Thanksgiving Day.
The American tradition of Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorites.
The Lord Buddha in The Book of Causation (Nidanavagga) said:
“Therefore , bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus:
‘We will be grateful and thankful,
and we will not overlook even the least favor done to us.”
Thus should you train yourselves.”
( p. 712, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, Samyutta Nikāya, translated by Bhikkhus Bodhi)
I again would like to thank each of you for your kindnesses. Many of you have been my Dharma friends for many years.
In the coming year of 2019, I plan on attending two rare and precious teachings in the Katmandu, Nepal region. I look forward to receiving transmissions of sacred lineage teachings, and keeping the teaching traditions alive and continuously vibrant. You are invited to assist me in attending these teachings. Please review the attached letter and teaching announcement documents . Please help me attend, if you can. As you all know The Bodhicitta Foundation is a 501 3 c Non Profit Charitable Organization, and your donations are tax deductible.
May you and your family have happiness and all its causes.
May you be free of suffering, and all its causes.
May you know true peace.
May you share your blessings with others this Thanksgiving Day.
Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam
(Assisted by John Wenz, student and secretary)