Category Archives: Generosity

Posts & comments on the subject of practicing generosity

Dhammapada verse 177

Fools don’t praise generosity; Misers don’t go to the world of gods. The wise rejoice in generosity And so find happiness in the hereafter. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Generosity is a broad category of intention and behavior, and is the … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 166

Don’t give up your own welfare For the sake of others’ welfare, however great. Clearly know your own welfare And be intent on the highest good. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This verse has an obvious meaning and also includes a … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 160

Oneself, indeed, is one’s own protector.What other protector could there be?With self-controlOne gains a protector hard to obtain. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) This simple verse can lead to a useful inquiry. What do we feel we need to be protected … Continue reading

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Gifts

The message below was posted on a Sutta Central discussion list last month, and it seems appropriate to share it in this season when gift-giving is part of so many peoples’ lives.  The occasion was Bhante Sujato’s birthday, but it … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 121 & 122: Little by Little

Don’t disregard evil, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” With dripping drops of water Even a water jug is filled. Little by little, A fool is filled with evil. Don’t disregard merit, thinking, “It won’t come back to me!” … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 119 & 120

Even an evildoer may see benefitAs long as the evilHas yet to mature.But when the evil has matured,The evildoerWill meet with misfortune. A doer of good may meet evil fortuneAs long as the goodHas yet to mature.But when the good … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 117 & 118

Having done something evil,Don’t repeat it,Don’t wish for it:Evil piled up brings suffering. Having done something meritorious,Repeat it,Wish for it:Merit piled up brings happiness. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We are creatures of habit; sometimes we keep doing something, without reflection, … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verse 116

Be quick to do good, Restrain your mind from evil. When one is slow to make merit, One’s mind delights in evil. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) We now come to a chapter called “Evil”, so it’s worth considering what that … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 100 – 102

Better than a thousand meaningless statements Is one meaningful word, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than a thousand meaningless verses Is one meaningful line of verse, Which, having been heard, Brings peace. Better than reciting a hundred meaningless … Continue reading

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Dhammapada verses 67 & 68

No deed is good That one regrets having done, That results in weeping And a tear-streaked face. A deed is good That one doesn’t regret having done, That results in joy And delight. (translated by Gil Fronsdal) Sometimes human nature … Continue reading

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