Category Archives: Generosity

Posts & comments on the subject of practicing generosity

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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Non-conflict

I proclaim such a teaching that espouses non-contention with anyone in the world. (Words of the Buddha from MN 18.4) Wildmind.org recently published a relevant and helpful post titled To be less conflicted with others, be less conflicted within yourself. In it, Bodhipaksa … Continue reading

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Knowing ourselves through others

17th century author Francois de la Rochefoucauld once wrote “We forget our faults easily when they are known only to ourselves”. This quote became the title of a blog post by Bodhipaksa on his website, Wildmind Buddhist Meditation, part of which … Continue reading

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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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