• Grateful for the Great Outdoor - Yosemite is no less charming in the Fall! — Franklyn Wu
  • And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said... “put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:2-5). — Sean Kerr
  • I am grateful for the Buddhas’ teachings. I am grateful for everyone who has enabled me to access and understand the teachings. I am grateful for being able to liberate myself and others through cultivation. — Simon Yang
  • I'm grateful for all the conditions that enable me to enjoy the green grass in the warm winter sun! — Lan Huang
  • Vegan meatballs with homemade mushroom gravy over pasta.— James Nguyen
  • After having our water main cut out for several days due to a valve leak, I’m grateful for running water. — James Nguyen
  • I’m grateful to be able to sit in full lotus again and to have a sitting partner! — Thao Phi
  • I'm grateful for an open heart, unlimiting; a spacious ground, returning; and for companions, collaborating — Kenneth Cannata
  • The view from my backdoor. — Stan Shoptaugh
  • Family, Adventure, and Nature

November in Photos (And Words!)

Dec 8, 2020

We asked our community to share a photo or words in response to the question:  "What are you grateful for?" See what they appreciate!                                                                                                                                                   


Words of Gratitude

Grateful for: Spiritual friends, Dharma, lineage —Quinn Anderson

I'm grateful for: 1) the words of wisdom that all wise teachers share across time and space; 2) the unconditional love that my parents have shown me consistently; 3) another precious opportunity that this present moment has given me to "try my best." —Xiaojuan Shu

—Bhikshuni Heng Liang

1. A soft yellow block of morning sunlight bathes the curly carpet beside me as I'm sitting on the floor. Out of curiosity, I reach out with my open palm. There was no sensation as I tried to grasp the light, almost as if it were an invisible liquid. I turn my hand over and we exchange roles. The light now gently touches the back of my hand. It doesn’t try to grasp me though. Just existing upon the surface of my skin, whispering quietly that everything is okay.

2. Whenever I sit down to practice piano, all the problems of the world seem to disappear— even if just for a moment— and I am lost in this world of eighty-eight black n’ white keys, wondering just what to do with all these sounds.

3. To the unseen farmers behind this spoonful of brown rice that I am now scooping into my mouth: thank you. What a magical thing you have brought into this world that I might have something to eat. What toils have you felt, what weathers have you worked in, what aches of the body have you all endured so that I might have this one spoonful of rice? Will I ever know?


Grateful: My family, DRBA/DRBU family, good health. — Daniel Nguyen