Also called dana, the practice of giving and letting go
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    Good Work Paid Member

    Dana (“giving”) is the most fundamental of all Buddhist practices. It is the first topic in the Buddha’s graduated talks, the first step on the bodhisattva’s path to perfection, and the first of the ten paramitas  (perfections) in the Mahayana tradition. It therefore sets the tone for all that follows in the spiritual journey. -Andrew Olendzki, "Dana" Tricycle's "Good Work" section, complete list: More »
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    Dana Works: The Dharma Seed Archival Center Paid Member

    "How many people go to work every day with the goal of contributing to the ending of suffering in the world?" asks Judy Phillips, the director of the Dharma Seed Archival Center. "We're just a little place, but that's what we're doing." Dharma Seed began in 1983 when a volunteer at Insight Meditation Center (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, began taping the dharma talks and meditation instructions offered there. His small project soon grew into a separate nonprofit organization, and Dharma Seed Tape Library began to spread the seeds of the dharma to the world by selling audiotapes of teachings. The original mission was simply to "preserve and share the dharma," which Dharma Seed continues to do today—with one critical change: The teachings are now offered based on the principle of dana, or the Buddhist practice of generosity. More »
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    Train Your Mind: Be Grateful to Everyone Paid Member

    13. Be grateful to everyone. More »
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    As If There Is Nothing to Lose Paid Member

        Once I was young and poor—and generous. I shared an old house with several people and slept on the porch and owned nothing more valuable than my bicycle. I volunteered many hours every week at community organizations. One day, when I had only five dollars, I treated a friend to dinner, and afterward we laughed about my now total poverty. It was easy to give away what I had; I never doubted that the world would somehow provide for me in turn. More »
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    The Erotic Life of Emptiness Paid Member

    Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form. There are no walls in the mind.—The Heart Sutra“'What is not given is lost.' These words were spoken by Father Ceyrac, a French Jesuit missionary who has devoted himself to the wellbeing of children in South India for over sixty years. A similar thought is found in Buddhist teaching: 'What is not done for the benefit of others is not worth doing.' Seeking happiness just for yourself is the best way there is to make yourself, and everyone else, unhappy."—Matthieu Ricard More »
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    On Not Being Stingy Paid Member

    “Stingy”—it’s a funny word. Scrooge comes to mind. We usually think of “stingy” in terms of possessions and possessiveness—not sharing what we own, being tight with money. Notice that the word “tight” describes what it actually feels like to be stingy. There are many ways of being stingy. For example, a friend of mine, someone I dearly love, is very stingy with the servings she gives to people whenever she is the hostess. It’s noticeable to her guests—everything on their plates is very small. Rumi describes stinginess perfectly in his poem “Dervish at the Door”: A dervish knocked at a house to ask for a piece of dry breador moist, it didn’t matter. “This is not a bakery,” said the owner. “Might I have a bit of gristle, then?” “Does this look like a butcher shop?” “A little flour?”More »