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The Wisdom of Giving

Q & A with Andrew Olendzki

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


What is dana? Why do we practice it? What is the “right” way to give? What are some benefits of and obstacles to giving?

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.

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