Giving is recognized as a virtue in every major religion and in every civilized society, and it clearly benefits both the giver and the receiver. The one who receives is relieved from the pangs of want. The one who gives can take comfort from the joy their gift brings to others. This is why generosity is the first of the six perfections practicing compassion. It becomes a perfection when practiced in conjunction with wisdom.
We are on an Easter egg treasure hunt searching for treasures. The treasures are not painted Easter eggs. Rather they are our destructive negative emotions, often lurking just under the surface. You might think, “these […]
Opening the heart leads to love and compassion. Giving opens the heart. We can give love, dharma teachings, nonjudgmental listening, emotional support, food, medicines, shelter, or money. Tolerance opens our heart. It counters anger, which […]
Cultivating generosity puts us on the road to cultivating compassion. The road to cultivating compassion is laid with bricks of selflessness. Like a teeter totter, when our ego clinging is reduced, automatically our love and […]