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  • R. K. Wijayaratne
    Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammâ Sambuddhassa! Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara ~ Dhamma Message ~ Sunday 9th of September, 10.00AM : The Alms Giving Ceremony
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      Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammâ Sambuddhassa!


      Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara
      ~ Dhamma Message ~


      Sunday 9th of September, 10.00AM : The Alms Giving Ceremony for the late Madihe Paññasiha Mahanayake Thera will be held at Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara, 125 Homestead Road, Berwick and will be attended by 10 Venerables. All are welcome. More info Ven. Wimalananda 03 9702 6275.

      Taken from AccessToInsight.org1
      GIVING EVEN ONE'S LAST MEAL
      Sutta Pitaka - Various

      Giving Even One's Last Meal
      "If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift. But because beings do not know, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they eat without having given. The stain of miserliness overcomes their minds."

      Itivuttaka 26


      Giving at the Proper Time
      Giving at the proper time
      In the proper season they give --
      those with discernment,
      responsive, free from stinginess.
      Having been given in proper season,
      with hearts inspired by the Noble Ones
      -- straightened, Such --
      their offering bears an abundance.
      Those who rejoice in that gift
      or give assistance,
      they, too, have a share of the merit,
      and the offering isn't depleted by that.
      So, with an unhesitant mind,
      one should give where the gift bears great fruit.
      Merit is what establishes
      living beings in the next life.

      Anguttara Nikaya V.36
      Notes
      1. More suttas from AcessToInsight.org can be found here http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sutta.html

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