1. The amount of merit gained varied according to three factors: the quality of the donor's motive, te spiritual purity of the recipient, and the kind and size of the gift.
2. If one human being can give security and freedom from fear to others by his behavior, that is the highest form of dana one can give, not only to mankind, but to all living beings.
1. The most excellent motive for giving is the intention that it strengthens ones efforts to attain Nibbana.
2. The only valid motive for giving should be motive of adorning the mind, to rid the mind of ugliness of greed and selfishness.
3. We expect other people to be nice to us, and this is also a form of attachment.
3. One should give with altruistic concerns, with sole intention of helping another in difficulty
4. Best let the giving itself be its own reward, and leave it at that!
BUT, ANICCA remember?
1. When we are honest with ourselves we can notice that before, during and after the giving, opportunities for generosity are often spolit by unwholesome consciousness.
2. The Buddha taught that there is no self that can exert power over the different types of consciousness that arises; they arise because their appropriate conditions.
3. When understanding accompanies the wholesome consciousness, it increases the degree of wholesomeness....Continua