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Re: Visakha's profound dana wisdom

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  • Antony Woods
    Once Visakha gave a learned explanation of the benefits she expected from her munificence when the Buddha questioned her as to what she saw as the advantages
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 25, 2007
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      "Once Visakha gave a learned explanation of the benefits she expected
      from her munificence when the Buddha questioned her as to what she saw
      as the advantages of her great generosity (Vin.i,293-94). She said
      that when she hears that a particular monk or nun has attained any of
      the fruits of recluseship, and if that monk or nun has visited
      Savatthi, she would be certain that he or she has partaken of the
      offerings she constantly makes. When she reflects that she has
      contributed in some measure to his or her spiritual distinction,
      great delight (pamujja) arises in her.
      Joy (piti) arises in the mind that is delighted.
      When the mind is joyful the body relaxes (kayo passambhissati).
      When the body relaxes a sense of ease (sukha) is experienced
      which helps the mind to be concentrated (cittam samadhiyissati).
      That will help the development of the spiritual faculties
      (indriyabhavana),
      spiritual powers (balabhavana), and factors of enlightenment
      (bojjhangabhavana).
      These are the advantages she hopes for by her munificence.
      The Buddha was so pleased with her erudite reply that he exclaimed,
      "Sadhu sadhu sadhu" in approbation.
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel367.html
      From: Dana
      The Practice of Giving
      Selected essays edited by
      Bhikkhu Bodhi
      For Free Distribution with the kind permission of Access to Insight
      and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk

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      Visakha's profound dana wisdom
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