Category Archives: Generosity

Posts & comments on the subject of practicing generosity

Instructions to a leader

In DN 5, translated below by Bhikkhu Bodhi, the Buddha tells a story from ancient times that involves a rich King, Mahavijita, wondering how best to use his accumulated wealth and the advice he got from his chaplain. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Making a living

The Buddha addressed the issue of how householders acquire and manage their money in several different suttas. Like most things, we can relate to our income and expenditures in healthy or unhealthy ways. In general, we try to avoid obsession … Continue reading

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Showing we care

Giving, endearing speech, beneficent conduct, and impartiality under diverse worldly conditions, as is suitable to fit each case: these means of embracing others are like the linchpin of a rolling chariot. – – from AN 4:32, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi … Continue reading

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Among the mental defilements disruptive to social harmony, probably the most pernicious is anger. Since virtually all communities, including Buddhist monasteries, consist of people still prone to egotistical desires, they are in constant danger of being riven by anger, resentment, … Continue reading

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Fruitful practice

Monks, if someone were to give away a hundred pots of food as charity in the morning, at noon, and in the evening, and if someone else were to develop a mind of loving-kindness even for the time it takes … Continue reading

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Giving sustenance

“Monks, if people knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would they allow the stain of miserliness to obsess them and take root in their minds. Even if it … Continue reading

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Ways to give

“There are, monks, these five gifts of a superior person. What five? He gives a gift out of faith; he gives a gift respectfully; he gives a gift at the right time; he gives a gift with a generous heart; … Continue reading

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