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Ceremony of Gratitude

Thanksgiving and the Ceremony of Gratitude

An excerpt from a talk given by Roshi Sunya Kjolhede at the Windhorse Zen center, Nov. 19, 2017.

Our teacher, Roshi Philip Kapleau, loved this holiday of Thanksgiving, with its nonsectarian focus on the spirit of gratitude -- what he often referred to as “the most refined of human emotions.” Every year we held a Ceremony of Gratitude very much like this one at our center today. And all over the world, for thousands of years, human beings have found ways to express this deep need to give thanks -- in traditional societies, not just once a year, but every day.

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Rooted in the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC, Windhorse Zen Community is a group of people who come together to practice Zen, to wake up to the deepest truth of the Buddha’s teaching and embody it in the context of daily activities and relationships.

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Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede were ordained and sanctioned to teach by Roshi Philip Kapleau in the 1990’s. The training at Windhorse blends the strengths of both the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen within a Western context, using breath, open awareness, and koan inquiry practices.

 
We also work with unconscious forces that deep practice may bring to the surface – both those that are creative and inspiring, as well as those that stir up difficult mindstates that may undermine one’s dharma work.