Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dana - generosity of spirit

The first paramita (see below, 3/29/09) is Dana, or generosity, especially generosity of spirit. Some of the situations in which we fail in being generous may include:

  1. Stubbornly insisting on having things our own way
  2. Not respecting others; not listening with an open heart/mind
  3. Not answering questions; defying social expectations (How are you? What do you do?)
  4. Not accepting invitations
  5. Refusing gifts
  6. Not teaching (but, see below: Upaya, skillful means)
  7. Not offering the Three Refuges

Of special note are 4 and 5. Is it always more blessed to give than to receive? If so, the generous act is to graciously receive so the other may be blessed by giving.