Category Archives: Generosity

Posts & comments on the subject of practicing generosity

Give and take

I undertake the training rule to abstain from harming living beings; I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not offered; I undertake the training rule to abstain from from sensual misconduct; I undertake the training rule … Continue reading

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Mettā sutta – part 2

The next part of the Mettā sutta describes a form of blessing. It is a wish, not a demand; we recognize the place in our heart that wishes others well, and we give it space and encouragement to grow into … Continue reading

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Tis the season

It hasn’t escaped my notice that the end of the calendar year is upon us. In most cultures, it’s a time of renewal, of celebration, of gathering, and of joy. How we perceive the activities of the season will vary … Continue reading

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What is merit?

In many cultures, an essential part of Buddhist practice is “making merit” by doing good works, serving the ordained sangha (monks and nuns), and giving money to worthy (not exclusively Buddhist) organizations. Overwhelmingly, making merit is seen as putting currency … Continue reading

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Sickness

The second of the “heavenly messengers” that, according to legend, alerted the Buddha to the need to dedicate his life to awakening, was sickness. Sickness is also one of the three main forms of dukkha that all humans are heir … Continue reading

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Discovering joy

For some of us, the idea of celebrating others’ successes and happiness seems anti-intuitive. We have a hard time imagining not reacting with jealousy or envy, or otherwise comparing ourselves to others. But we do it all the time; joy … Continue reading

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Awakening joy

Awakening joy can have two meanings: (1) How do we awaken and cultivate joy in our own hearts?, and (2) Awakening or enlightenment depends on joy as a basis. Without joy there can be no awakening. Some people think the … Continue reading

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