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    Practising Generosity

    Dear friends,

    I was looking at the following excerpt from sutta AN 7.6 and wondered if anyone would like to share their personal views and experiences in connection with the practise of generosity.


    "And what is the treasure of generosity? There is the case of a disciple of the noble ones, his awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess, living at home, freely generous, openhanded, delighting in being magnanimous, responsive to requests, delighting in the distribution of alms. This is called the treasure of generosity.

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipi....006.than.html


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    I like this excerpt from an article by Gil Fronsdal :


    Generosity is not limited to the giving of material things. We can be generous with our kindness and our receptivity. These forms of generosity are clearly not related to wealth. Generosity can mean the simple giving of a smile or extending ourselves to really listen to a friend. Paradoxically, even being willing to receive the generosity of others can be a form of generosity.

    https://www.insightmeditationcenter....at-hand/en/10/

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    There's also a free book by Ajahn Sucitto of the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition which is about the 10 paramis and its definately worth reading :

    "Parami, Ways to Cross Life's Floods". It's available in PDF:


    https://forestsangha.org/teachings/b...nguage=English

    From the page linked above:


    Parami – ‘perfections,’ or transcendent virtues – are daily life practices that give the mind a firm ground in Dhamma. Comprising simple qualities like patience, generosity and truthfulness, they can be skilfully applied to the ‘flash-points’ in the day in order to steer the mind out of samsaric currents and on towards peace, clarity and nibbāna.



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    Generosity may be seen different from culture to culture, but for a lay person generosity is both toward monastic people and toward other lay buddhists. But not only toward buddhists, toward every human being.

    From a monastic view it can be giving dhamma talks to lay people.

    But there is also those who cultivate buddhism outside of the monasteries, those who are seen between monastic and lay people. This people show generosity towad both monastic and lay people, and it can be both dhamma talk or doing tasks for the monks, but also to make it easy for lay people to gain wisdom. Not so much about mundane tasks. Cultivators live mostly for the dhamma very much similar to the monks, but they have more connection with the lay people then monks do.

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    In the section on generosity from the book I mentioned in my post #4, Ajahn Sucitto makes the following observation:


    With generosity, what one gives is not that significant, rather it is the act of giving that’s of value. This action opens the heart in a benevolent way, and affects another person accordingly. It’s a movement into the reality of a shared world. Furthermore, when one cultivates dāna, it’s important not to think that only material things are the beginning and end of it all. Instead, giving a friendly gesture or a helping hand, offering service, or giving attention are offerings that may in some situations be more important than giving material things.


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    Yes, giving your time to others is about the most generous thing you can do, especially if you don't have much free time.

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