Dhamma Letter No.28

Dana by Purification


Dhamma Letter No. 27 discussed the analysis of Giving (dana) from Buddha’s discourse. Today’s Dhamma Letter will review the four kinds of dana purification described in the Buddha’s word entitled ‘Four Ways of Purify a Gift’ (Majjima Nikaya 142). 

Four Ways of Purifying a Gift (Giving)

  1. And how is a gift purified by the giver, not the receiver? It’s when the giver is virtuous, of good character, but the receiver is unvirtuous, of bad character.

  2. And how is a gift purified by the receiver, not the giver? It’s when the giver is unvirtuous, of bad character, but the receiver is virtuous, of good character.

  3. And how is a gift not purified by the giver or the receiver? It’s when both the giver and the receiver are unvirtuous, of bad character.

  4. And how is a gift purified by both the giver and the receiver? It’s when both the giver and the receiver are virtuous, of good character. These are the four ways of purifying a gift.”

when a desireless person gives to the desireless, a gift earned rightfully with a pleasant mind, believing the result of good kamma, that’s truly the best of material gifts.

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Therefore, the use and quality of one’s mind in the moment of giving and receiving gifts is essential to its purification. The more pure the mind, the better the karmic result with regard to the parami (perfection) of dana. 

May you cultivate purification in dhamma during your lifetime!

May your purification lead to wisdom to reach Nibbana (ultimate happiness)!

May you experience happiness through Giving deeds!

With Metta,

Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Max Montgomery 


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