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Daana by Dr R.L.Soni

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  • antony272b2
    Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc. The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind it. Thus daana may be
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 1, 2009
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      "Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc.

      The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind it. Thus daana may be graded as low, medium and superior according to whether the motive is selfish, unselfish or a mixture of these. The results vary accordingly both in quality and quantity.

      The mental purity of the recipient and the amount of what is given, though undoubtedly important factors, are subsidiary to the intention motivating the offering.

      Apart from the material daana visibly given through the body, daana may also be practiced by speech and mind: a friendly smile, words of goodwill, a generous nature and a mind full of loving-kindness.

      Giving also works in harmony with other good qualities and strengthens them. For instance, a generous person develops both renunciation in being able to give freely, and compassion, concern to aid the plight of others. Giving is also related to moral conduct, that one gives gifts which do not conflict with the precepts. And this brings in another relationship with wisdom, for one should give wisely, not unwisely.

      Finally, another division of types of giving often seen is into material offerings (such as lay people make to bhikkhus and nuns and so make their lives possible), and the gift of Dhamma (often given by bhikkhus and others who have learned and practiced, to those who want to know). This Dhamma-daana excels all other kinds of gift, since, unlike material gifts, it never wears out, instead becoming stronger with use, as well as being of benefit in future lives, besides the present one. A great blessing!"
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soni/wheel254.html
      From: Life's Highest Blessings
      The Maha Mangala Sutta
      Translation and Commentary by Dr. R.L. Soni
      revised 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
      Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc. The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind it. Thus daana may be
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 17 1:09 AM
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        "Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc.

        The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind
        it. Thus daana may be graded as low, medium and superior according to whether
        the motive is selfish, unselfish or a mixture of these. The results vary
        accordingly both in quality and quantity.

        The mental purity of the recipient and the amount of what is given, though
        undoubtedly important factors, are subsidiary to the intention motivating the
        offering.

        Apart from the material daana visibly given through the body, daana may also be
        practiced by speech and mind: a friendly smile, words of goodwill, a generous
        nature and a mind full of loving-kindness.

        Giving also works in harmony with other good qualities and strengthens them. For
        instance, a generous person develops both renunciation in being able to give
        freely, and compassion, concern to aid the plight of others. Giving is also
        related to moral conduct, that one gives gifts which do not conflict with the
        precepts. And this brings in another relationship with wisdom, for one should
        give wisely, not unwisely.

        Finally, another division of types of giving often seen is into material
        offerings (such as lay people make to bhikkhus and nuns and so make their lives
        possible), and the gift of Dhamma (often given by bhikkhus and others who have
        learned and practiced, to those who want to know). This Dhamma-daana excels all
        other kinds of gift, since, unlike material gifts, it never wears out, instead
        becoming stronger with use, as well as being of benefit in future lives, besides
        the present one. A great blessing!"
        http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soni/wheel254.html
        From: Life's Highest Blessings
        The Maha Mangala Sutta
        Translation and Commentary by Dr. R.L. Soni
        revised 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
        Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc. The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind it. Thus daana may be
        Message 3 of 4 , May 29, 2012
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          "Daana: charity, liberality, offering of gifts, etc.

          The important thing here is not the act as it appears, but the intention behind it. Thus daana may be graded as low, medium and superior according to whether the motive is selfish, unselfish or a mixture of these. The results vary accordingly both in quality and quantity.

          The mental purity of the recipient and the amount of what is given, though undoubtedly important factors, are subsidiary to the intention motivating the offering.

          Apart from the material daana visibly given through the body, daana may also be practiced by speech and mind: a friendly smile, words of goodwill, a generous nature and a mind full of loving-kindness.

          Giving also works in harmony with other good qualities and strengthens them. For instance, a generous person develops both renunciation in being able to give freely, and compassion, concern to aid the plight of others. Giving is also related to moral conduct, that one gives gifts which do not conflict with the precepts. And this brings in another relationship with wisdom, for one should give wisely, not unwisely.

          Finally, another division of types of giving often seen is into material offerings (such as lay people make to bhikkhus and nuns and so make their lives possible), and the gift of Dhamma (often given by bhikkhus and others who have learned and practiced, to those who want to know). This Dhamma-daana excels all other kinds of gift, since, unlike material gifts, it never wears out, instead becoming stronger with use, as well as being of benefit in future lives, besides the present one. A great blessing!"
          http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soni/wheel254.html
          From: Life's Highest Blessings
          The Maha Mangala Sutta
          Translation and Commentary by Dr. R.L. Soni
          revised 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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