Sangharakshita: A Life in Verse

Four Gifts

I come to you with four gifts.

The first gift is a lotus-flower.

Do you understand?

My second gift is a golden net.

Can you recognize it?

My third gift is a shepherds’ round-dance.

Do your feet know how to dance?

My fourth gift is a garden planted in a wilderness.

Could you work there?

I come to you with four gifts.

Dare you accept them?

Sangharakshita on “Four Gifts”

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The tenth in a series of ten intimate interviews between Sangharakshita and Saddhanandi, reflecting on Sangharakshita’s own selections from his extensive body of poetry. In this segment they discuss the poem “Four Gifts”.

Track 1: Reading of Four Gifts

Track 2: Writing of the Poem

Track 3: The Gift of the Lotus Flower – Development
Track 4: The Practice of Service to Others
Track 5: Understanding the Need for Development
Track 6: The Gift of the Golden Net – Interconnectedness
Track 7: A Vision of Existence
Track 8: The Gift of the Garden – Cultivation
Track 10: Final Thoughts on Four Gifts