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In this week, while USA residents observe the Thanksgiving holiday, we take the opportunity to empasize our gratitude to all customers, donors, volunteers and well-wishers, for  the support given to Pariyatti this year. 
 
Many minds, hearts and hands came together, with one collective intention; of sharing the gift of Dhamma with the world. We are immensely grateful for that. May your good deeds be an inspiration for others to practice. May your generosity of time and resource be a benefit to your progress on the Path.
Gratitude on the path of Dhamma
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While teaching Vipassana S.N. Goenka emphasized that devotion on the path should not be blind devotion; we should not accept a certain truth because our teacher said so, but rather practice and experience it for ourselves. In the same way showing gratitude should not be a blind devotional action. 
Whenever the concept of (showing) gratitude is mentioned within our tradition, it is in the context of 'walking the path and paying it forward'.
 
In the discourse on day 10 of a Vipassana course Goenkaji mentions: "in any person who progresses on the path there will arise a feeling of gratitude and also a volition to serve others without expecting anything in return. These two qualities were notable in Siddhattha Gotama, the historical Buddha. He had achieved enlightenment entirely by his own efforts. Nevertheless, out of compassion for all beings, he sought to teach the technique he had found to others."
 
"The same qualities will appear in all who practice the technique [of Vipassana]  and who eradicate, to some extent, the old habit of egotism… along with the experience of Dhamma there is bound to grow a feeling of gratitude to Gotama the Buddha for finding and teaching this technique, and gratitude as well to those who selflessly strove to maintain the teaching in its original purity through twenty-five centuries to the present day."
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On Day 2 of the Satipatthana Sutta course Goenkaji tells the story of how the preservation of the technique came to be:
 
"When the Buddha passed away at the age of 80, his students then present who were arahants, fully liberated, understood that everyone, a Buddha or an ordinary person, has to pass away. This is a law of nature. Others of his students who were not developed to this extent felt very sad, and some even cried. However one person, a monk, old in age but not in wisdom, dissented. He felt very happy that the old man had passed away: now they were free of his clutches and could do what they liked. The Buddha’s own teaching was after all: You are your own master. 
 
This incident reveals that elements had already entered the Sangha who were not interested in Dhamma, but had come for status, a comfortable life and more alms and respect they would receive otherwise. I feel very grateful to this monk. Why?
 
When Mahākassapa, a wise elderly monk, an arahant, fully liberated, heard this, he decided to preserve the actual teachings of the Buddha against future distortion by such elements. For 45 years the Buddha had taught Dhamma, hardly resting two or three hours at night and even that not in ordinary sleep but with awareness and equanimity, with wisdom. 
He had given 82,000 discourses, and his leading arahants disciples another 2,000. Mahākassapa thought that others, like this old monk in future would misquote the teachings, substituting their own words and removing essential disciplines -all of which did happen. 
He decided to call a conference of 500 elderly minks, arahants and eyewitnesses to the Buddha’s teachings, to recite compile and authenticate the actual words."
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In an article (1985) Goenkaji touches on his gratitude for the preservation of both pariyatti (theory) and patipatti (practice).

"From these experiences boundless gratitude would arise in me, firstly to the Buddha and then to his Dhamma sons, the chain of teacher and pupil extending link by link from the Buddha to Sayagyi U Ba Khin. To all of them I felt deep gratitude for preserving this technique in its original purity without any admixture whatsoever." 
"At the same time gratitude would arise in me towards all those who had preserved the words of the Buddha free from any corruptions, so that today it is still possible to read them and be inspired by them. Pariyatti and patipatti—study accompanied by practice—these two seemed to me like a gem, the beauty of which is enhanced by its golden setting. How greatly I benefited from these experiences, yet how little are such experiences accessible to meditators today!"

 
We are grateful that much has changed since then and that we have been part of that. During the same year Goenkaji expressed the words above, Pariyatti started its endeavors of disseminating the words of the Buddha. Again: we are grateful for all the support, advice and creative energy that helped Pariyatti grow from a garage-based book service into a non-profit organization, offering range of services in the USA and internationally.
 
At the 1999 Annual Conference at Dhamma Giri Goenkaji expressed his gratitude to his teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin (here depicted paying respect to Ven. Webu Sayadaw), as follows:
"In his memory we have to work hard. We may make many memorials, many monuments. Nothing wrong; do it. But the biggest monument is the individual. Each of you is a monument. Develop yourself to such an extent in Dhamma, so that people know "Here is a Vipassana meditator who got Dhamma from Sayagyi U Ba Khin and his tradition. Oh, how it changes people! How this person has progressed!"
Everyone should do that in one’s own interest. You are not obliging Sayagyi U Ba Khin by developing yourself in Dhamma. Of course, you are making an effort to show your gratitude towards him; at the same time you are making an effort to encourage people to come on the path and help themselves to get liberated."
 
Sayagyi's deep wish was to get the Dhamma re-established in this country of its origin (India), and to have it spread around the world. As by the time of his death only a small step had been taken, Goenkaji dedicated many years of his life to fulfill this mission, out of gratitude and volition. 
 
Whereas Sayagyi felt the deep wish to help repay Burma’s debt to the Buddha and to the land of the Buddha, many meditators nowadays feel indebted to Burma, for keeping the teaching alive in pristine form over the centuries, being supremely careful not to allow it to be polluted.
 
The Golden Path, is a unique guide (FREE PDF) for Dhamma seekers who wish to develop in patipatti (practice) and pariyatti (theory) while in Myanmar (Burma) and gain an appreciation of Burmese Buddhist and monastic life.
 

Pilgrimages

Currently 31 Pariyatti pilgrims are on the way ‘Along the Path’. The image depicts them participating in a Sangha Dana at the Burmese Vihara in Bodhgayā. Goenkaji taught some of his first 10-day Vipassana courses in India there. While the pilgrims offered the Sangha of the Burmese Vihara their daily meal, they showed to be full of mettā, gratitude and volition.
Upcoming pilgrimage Along the Path (India & Nepal)
February 28 to March 21, 2018
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Residential Pāli workshops

 
Upcoming Dates:
 
Introductory (Sean Salkin):
January 7 - 17, 2018
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Intermediate (Sean Salkin):
January 17 - 21, 2018
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Introductory (Adriana Patiño):
September 10 - 16, 2018
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Temecula, California, USA
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Learn Pāli for free at Pariyatti’s Learning Centre (PLC). The course called Buddhasahassanāmāvali uses verses that Vipassana meditation teacher S.N. Goenka composed and chanted to express his gratitude and devotion towards the Buddha as the basis for learning Pāli.
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The Pāli word for gratitude is kataññu-katavedita — acknowledging the debt owed to others and paying it back with gratitude.
 
 
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