Re: [dsg] Daana Corner (25)
- Dear Nina, Sarah and others,
Lily de Silva gave a lot of sutta references when she
wrote The Value of Giving [Daana Corner (25)].
Although The Value of Giving is not finished yet, do
you have any comments on the text so far finished? Or,
would you rather wait till it is finished completely?
> The Value of Givinggiving. Giving promotes social cohesion and
> Many suttas enumerate the various benefits of
solidarity. It is the best means of bridging the
psychological gap, much more than the material
economic gap, that exists between haves and have-nots.
The Magha Sutta maintains that hates gets eliminated
when one is established in generosity (Sn. 506). The
one with a generous heart earns the love of others and
many associate with him (A.iii,40). Giving also
cements friendships (Sn. 187).
>aspiration to be born in a particular place after
> It is maintained that if a person makes an
giving alms, the aspiration will be fulfilled only if
he is virtuous, but not otherwise (A.iv,239).
According to one sutta (A.iv,241-43), if one practices
giving and morality to a very limited degree and has
no idea about meditation, one obtains an unfortunate
birth in the human world. One who performs meritorious
deeds such as giving and morality to a considerable
degree, but does not understand anything about
meditation, meets a fortunate human birth. But those
giving and morality to a great extent without any
knowledge of meditation find rebirth in one of the
heavens. They excel other deities in the length of
life, beauty, pleasure, fame and the five strands of
>of this-worldly benefits of giving. The generous
> The Anguttara Nikaya (A.iv,79) enumerates a number
person, and not the miser, wins the sympathy of
others. arahants approach him, accept alms and preach
to him first. A good reputation spreads about him. He
can attend any assembly with confidence and dignity.
He is reborn in a state of happiness after death.
Another sutta (A.iii,41) adds that a generous person
wins popularity; people of noble character associate
with him and he has the satisfaction of having
fulfilled a layperson's duties (gihidhamma anapeto
>beauty, happiness, strength and intelligence. Having
> It is said that an almsgiver bestows on others life,
bestowed them on others, he becomes a beneficiary of
them himself (A.iii,42). The same idea is expressed
by the succinct statement that one reaps what one sows
(yadisam vapate bijam tadisam harate phalam, S.i,227).
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- Hi Phil
It is BPS publication. I think the whole thing can be downloaded from Access to Insight.
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