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Dana (Giving) by Bhikkhu Khantipalo

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  • Antony Woods
    The giving of material things (amisa-dana), for instance, to support bhikkhus, to give to the poor, starving and so forth. There is no lack of opportunity to
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 3, 2006
      "The giving of material things (amisa-dana), for instance, to support
      bhikkhus, to give to the poor, starving and so forth. There is no
      lack of opportunity to practice this in our over-populated world. And
      Buddhists who have enough of this world's wealth, enough of clothes,
      food, shelter and medicine which are the basic necessities for life
      should practice dana bearing in mind that what is given away is truly
      well preserved while what is kept is wasted. The practice, running
      counter to the worldly way of craving and attachment, is very
      important in the present materialistic civilization with its emphasis
      upon gain and accumulation of possessions. Nothing much can be done
      in Dhamma until one is prepared to open one's heart and one's hands
      to others.

      The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful
      teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will
      benefit them if one would give this gift in the right way. Dhamma is
      the supreme gift in the world, as said by the Buddha:

      All gifts the gift of Dhamma does excel,
      all tastes the taste of dhamma does excel,
      all joys the joy of Dhamma does excel —
      the craving-ender overcomes all dukkha.
      — Dhp. 354

      All material things wear out with use but the Dhamma increases as we
      practice it. And material things give benefit only in this life,
      while the Dhamma benefits the practice now and in future lives as
      well.

      The giving of non-fear (abhaya-dana). This means acting in such a way
      that other beings do not have any cause to fear oneself. This is
      another name for the practice of loving-kindness (metta) and is based
      upon good moral conduct (sila).
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel206.html
      From: Lay Buddhist Practice by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
    • antony272b2
      The giving of material things (amisa-dana), for instance, to support bhikkhus, to give to the poor, starving and so forth. There is no lack of opportunity to
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 2 3:32 AM
        "The giving of material things (amisa-dana), for instance, to support bhikkhus, to give to the poor, starving and so forth. There is no lack of opportunity to practice this in our over-populated world. And Buddhists who have enough of this world's wealth, enough of clothes, food, shelter and medicine which are the basic necessities for life should practice dana bearing in mind that what is given away is truly well preserved while what is kept is wasted. The practice, running counter to the worldly way of craving and attachment, is very important in the present materialistic civilization with its emphasis upon gain and accumulation of possessions. Nothing much can be done in Dhamma until one is prepared to open one's heart and one's hands to others.

        The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will benefit them if one would give this gift in the right way. Dhamma is the supreme gift in the world, as said by the Buddha:

        All gifts the gift of Dhamma does excel,
        all tastes the taste of dhamma does excel,
        all joys the joy of Dhamma does excel —
        the craving-ender overcomes all dukkha.
        — Dhp. 354

        All material things wear out with use but the Dhamma increases as we practice it. And material things give benefit only in this life, while the Dhamma benefits the practice now and in future lives as well.

        The giving of non-fear (abhaya-dana). This means acting in such a way that other beings do not have any cause to fear oneself. This is another name for the practice of loving-kindness (metta) and is based upon good moral conduct (sila)."
        http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel206.html
        From: Lay Buddhist Practice by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
        For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk
      • antony272b2
        The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will benefit them if one would
        Message 3 of 4 , Jan 27, 2012
          "The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will benefit them if one would give this gift in the right way. Dhamma is the supreme gift in the world, as said by the Buddha:

          All gifts the gift of Dhamma does excel,
          all tastes the taste of dhamma does excel,
          all joys the joy of Dhamma does excel —
          the craving-ender overcomes all dukkha.
          — Dhp. 354

          All material things wear out with use but the Dhamma increases as we practice it."
          http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel206.html
          From: Lay Buddhist Practice by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
          For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk

          With metta / Antony.
        • antony272b2
          The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will benefit them if one would
          Message 4 of 4 , Feb 3, 2013
            "The giving of Dhamma (Dhamma-dana) means the gift of some useful teaching and advice for others. It is necessary to know what will benefit them if one would give this gift in the right way. Dhamma is the supreme gift in the world, as said by the Buddha:

            All gifts the gift of Dhamma does excel,
            all tastes the taste of dhamma does excel,
            all joys the joy of Dhamma does excel —
            the craving-ender overcomes all dukkha.
            — Dhammapada 354

            All material things wear out with use but the Dhamma increases as we practice it."
            http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel206.html
            From: Lay Buddhist Practice by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
            For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk

            With metta / Antony.
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