Filed in Theravada, Generosity

The Gift That Cannot Be Given

Q & A with Marcia Rose

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Part of Summer 2003's Special Section on Dana: The Practice of Giving.


Can you suggest any ways to develop my dana practice?

The Buddha taught: "If you knew as I know the benefit of generosity, you would not let an opportunity go by without sharing." The Buddha taught and lived what is really a "way of life": giving and receiving—the practice of dana. The cultivation of dana offers the possibility of purifying and transforming greed, clinging, and self-centeredness, as well as the fear that is linked to these energies of attachment. Dana practice is the foundation of Buddhist spiritual development. Generosity is the ground of compassion; it is a prerequisite to the realization of liberation.

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