Thanks-giving is a Holy-day!

 

Today is Thanksgiving Day and a Holiday. For tens of thousands of years, humankind has been giving thanks for the harvest after clearing and cultivating the land, sowing seeds, watering, and weeding. For generations we have aspired and worked – storing seeds and spades, restoring the soil and our surroundings, improving our situations and environment.

We celebrate by giving thanks to and for families, friends, rain, rivers, plants, the planet, the sun, the moon, and all that have brought such abundance. We are the outcome of our ancestors’ efforts, and those of their relatives and all relations throughout the world.

The Buddha said that religion is cultivation. Dogen, the 13th-century Japanese Zen monk and teacher, said that the Awakened Way or Great Way is with all from the very beginning. He described the Awakened Way as a cyclical advancement of aspiration, action, awakening, and unconditioned peace.

If we make the whole more wholesome, we can celebrate this day as a holy day. If we can make every day a holy day, we can celebrate a happy day every day. May we all give thanks to all and live holy and happy!

(alternative, without comparing to passing of seasons)

The Buddha said that religion is cultivation. Dogen, the 13th-century Japanese Zen monk and teacher, said that the Awakened Way or Great Way is with all from the very beginning. He described the Awakened Way as a cyclical advancement of aspiration, action, awakening, and unconditioned peace.

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