"With his wealth collected justly,
won through his own efforts,
he shares both food and drink
with beings who are in need.
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> Veneration to the Most Exalted, the Purified, the Supremely
> Enlightened Buddha
> "Herein, householder, there are five uses to which wealth can be
> They are:
> "With the wealth that has been obtained by his own diligent labor,
> acquired through the strength of his own arms and the sweat of his
> own brow, rightly acquired, rightly gained, the noble disciple
> supports himself comfortably, sufficiently, he applies himself to
> seeing to his own happiness in rightful ways. He supports his
> and mother ... wife and children, servants and workers comfortably,
> to a sufficiency, applying himself to their needs and their
> as is proper. This is the first benefit to obtained from wealth.
> "Moreover, with the wealth.....rightly gained, the noble disciple
> supports his friends and associates comfortably, to a sufficiency,
> taking an interest in their happiness as is proper. This is the
> second benefit to be derived from wealth.
> "Moreover, with the wealth.......rightly gained, the noble disciple
> protects his wealth from the dangers of confiscation by kings,
> fire, flood, and appropriation by unfavored relatives. He sees to
> own security. This is the third benefit to be derived from wealth.
> "Moreover, with the wealth......rightly gained, the noble disciple
> makes the five kinds of sacrifice. They are: to relatives
> relatives); to visitors (receiving guests); to ancestors (offerings
> made in the name of ancestors); to the king (for taxes and public
> works); and to the gods (that is, he supports religion). This is
> another benefit to be derived from wealth.
> "Moreover, with the wealth that has been obtained by his own
> labor, acquired through the strength of his own arms and the sweat
> his own brow, rightly acquired, rightly gained, the noble disciple
> makes offerings which are of the highest merit, which are conducive
> to mental well-being, happiness and heaven, to religious
> those who live devoted to heedfulness, are established in patience
> and gentleness, are trained, calmed, and cooled of defilements.
> is the fifth benefit to be obtained from wealth.
> "Householder, there are these five benefits to be obtained from
> wealth. If wealth is used by a noble disciple in such a way that
> these five benefits are fulfilled, and if it should then become
> spent, that noble disciple can reflect thus: 'Whatever benefit is
> be obtained from wealth, I have obtained. Now my wealth is spent.'
> That noble disciple experiences no distress on that account. And
> after that noble disciple has used his wealth to provide these five
> benefits, that wealth should increase, that noble disciple reflects
> thus: 'Whatever benefit is to be obtained from my wealth I have
> already obtained. And now my wealth has increased.' That noble
> disciple is also not distressed on that account; he is distressed
> neither case." [A.III.45]
> From: Chapter 5, "Buddhist Economics: A Middle Way for the Market
> Place" by Ven P.A. Payutto.