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  • Bhikkhu Samahita
    Friends: Generosity: The first mental Perfection: And what is the treasure of generosity? When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose mentality is all cleared of
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 5 9:19 PM
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      Friends:

                Generosity: The first mental Perfection:

      And what is the treasure of generosity?
      When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose
      mentality is all cleared of disgracing miserliness,
      living at home, is freely generous & open-handed,
      delighting in being magnanimous,
      responsive to every request &,
      enjoying the giving of alms.
      Such is this treasure called generosity.
                                                                 AN VII 6

      Just as a filled pot, which is overturned
      pours out all its water, leaving nothing back,
      even & exactly so should one give to those in need.
      whether low, middle or high, like the overturned pot,
      holding nothing back.
                                                               
       Jataka Nidana [128-129]

      The Generosity of Giving,
      The Kindness in Speech,
      The Benefit of Service,
      The Impartiality treating all Alike,
      These 4 threads of sympathy
      upholds this world like the axle do the cart.
                                                                 AN II 32

      Giving food, one gives & gets strength
      Giving clothes, one gives & gets beauty
      Giving light, one gives & gets vision
      Giving transportation, one gives & gets ease.
      Giving shelter one gives all,
      Yet one who instructs in the True Dhamma
      - The supreme Teaching of the Buddhas -
      Such one gives the quite divine ambrosia!
                                                                 SN I 32

      These are these five rewards of generosity:
      One is liked and charming to people at large,
      One is admired & respected by wise people,
      one's good reputation is spread wide about,
      One does not neglect a householder's true duties,
      and with the break-up of the body - at the moment
      of death - one reappears in a happy destination,
      in the plane of the divine worlds.
                                                                 AN V.35

      There are these two kinds of gifts:
      material gifts & gifts of Dhamma.
      The supreme gift is that of Dhamma.
      There are these two kinds of sharing:
      material sharing & sharing of Dhamma.
      The supreme sharing is that of Dhamma.
      There are these two kinds of help:
      Material help & help with the Dhamma.
      This is the supreme of the two:
      help with the Dhamma …
                                                                 It 98

      The gift of Dhamma exceeds all other gifts.
                                                                 Dhammapada 354

      The Bodhisatta once as king Sivi gave
      both his eyes to a beggar who was Sakka the
      king deity in disguise, who desired to test him.
      He remembered "While I was wishing to give,
      while I was giving and after this giving there
      was neither contrariety nor opposition in mind as
      it was for the purpose of awakening itself!
      Neither were these eyes nor the rest of myself
      disagreeable to me. Omniscience was dear to me,
      therefore I gave the eyes."
                                                                 The Basket of Conduct
                                                                 Cariyapitaka I-8
                                                                 Full story: Sivi Jataka no. 499.

      The Bodhisatta once as the Wise Hare gave
      his roasted body as alms by jumping into a fire:
      He remembered: "There came a beggar and asked
      for food. Myself I gave so that he might eat. In alms
      there was none equal to me. In alms I had thereby
      reached ultimate perfection."
      From then & the rest of this world-cycle the moon
      will display a characteristic 'hare-in-the-moon' sign.
                                                                 Sasa-Jataka no. 316

      Giving of things, treasures, external possessions, job,
      position, wife, & child is the first perfection of giving.
      Giving the offer of one's organs, limbs, & senses is
      the second higher perfection of giving.
      Giving the sacrifice of one's life is the ultimate
      perfection of giving.
                                                                 The clarifier of sweet meaning 89
                                                                 (Commentary on Buddhavamsa)
                                                                 Madhuratthavilasini [59]
                                                                 Venerable Buddhadatta: 5th century.

      Generosity is the first mental perfection (parami):
      Clinging creates internal panic and social tension.
      Giving creates internal elation and social harmony...
      What is gladly given returns more than thousandfold. 

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       Bhikkhu Samāhita, Sri Lanka.

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    • Bhikkhu Samahita
      Friends: Generosity: The first mental Perfection: And what is the treasure of generosity? When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose mentality is all cleared of
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 19, 2006
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        Friends:

        Generosity: The first mental Perfection:

        And what is the treasure of generosity?
        When a disciple of the Noble Ones whose
        mentality is all cleared of disgracing miserliness,
        living at home, is freely generous & open-handed,
        delighting in being magnanimous,
        responsive to every request &,
        enjoying the giving of alms.
        Such is this treasure called generosity.
        AN VII 6

        Just as a filled pot, which is overturned
        pours out all its water, leaving nothing back,
        even & exactly so should one give to those in need.
        whether low, middle or high, like the overturned pot,
        holding nothing back.
        Jataka Nidana [128-129]

        The Generosity of Giving,
        The Kindness in Speech,
        The Benefit of Service,
        The Impartiality treating all Alike,
        These 4 threads of sympathy
        upholds this world like the axle do the cart.
        AN II 32

        Giving food, one gives & gets strength
        Giving clothes, one gives & gets beauty
        Giving light, one gives & gets vision
        Giving transportation, one gives & gets ease.
        Giving shelter one gives all,
        Yet one who instructs in the True Dhamma
        - The supreme Teaching of the Buddhas -
        Such one gives the quite divine ambrosia!
        SN I 32

        These are these five rewards of generosity:
        One is liked and charming to people at large,
        One is admired & respected by wise people,
        one's good reputation is spread wide about,
        One does not neglect a householder's true duties,
        and with the break-up of the body - at the moment
        of death - one reappears in a happy destination,
        in the plane of the divine worlds.
        AN V.35

        There are these two kinds of gifts:
        material gifts & gifts of Dhamma.
        The supreme gift is that of Dhamma.
        There are these two kinds of sharing:
        material sharing & sharing of Dhamma.
        The supreme sharing is that of Dhamma.
        There are these two kinds of help:
        Material help & help with the Dhamma.
        This is the supreme of the two:
        help with the Dhamma .
        It 98

        The gift of Dhamma exceeds all other gifts.
        Dhammapada 354

        The Bodhisatta once as king Sivi gave
        both his eyes to a beggar who was Sakka the
        king deity in disguise, who desired to test him.
        He remembered "While I was wishing to give,
        while I was giving and after this giving there
        was neither contrariety nor opposition in mind as
        it was for the purpose of awakening itself!
        Neither were these eyes nor the rest of myself
        disagreeable to me. Omniscience was dear to me,
        therefore I gave the eyes."
        The Basket of Conduct
        Cariyapitaka I-8
        Full story: Sivi Jataka no. 499.

        The Bodhisatta once as the Wise Hare gave
        his roasted body as alms by jumping into a fire:
        He remembered: "There came a beggar and asked
        for food. Myself I gave so that he might eat. In alms
        there was none equal to me. In alms I had thereby
        reached ultimate perfection."
        From then & the rest of this world-cycle the moon
        will display a characteristic 'hare-in-the-moon' sign.
        Sasa-Jataka no. 316

        Giving of things, treasures, external possessions, job,
        position, wife, & child is the first perfection of giving.
        Giving the offer of one's organs, limbs, & senses is
        the second higher perfection of giving.
        Giving the sacrifice of one's life is the ultimate
        perfection of giving.
        The clarifier of sweet meaning 89
        (Commentary on Buddhavamsa)
        Madhuratthavilasini [59]
        Venerable Buddhadatta: 5th century.

        Generosity is the first mental perfection (parami):
        Clinging creates internal panic and social tension.
        Giving creates internal elation and social harmony...
        What is gladly given returns more than thousandfold.


        PS: Please included the word Samahita in any request, since then
        will my automatic mail filters pick it up and I will see it & respond!
        Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.

        Friendship is the Greatest !
        Let there be Happiness !!!
        http://groups.msn.com/DirectDhamma
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Buddha-Direct
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/What_Buddha_Said
        Dhamma-Questions sent to my email are quite Welcome.

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