befriend wrote:can someone explain what the most noble intention is before performing a good deed? and talk a little bit about this.
thank you, befriend
Being intent on renunciation, on non-ill-will, and on harmlessness.
any good deed which has these qualities is Noble, so it would depend on what the action is to know which is the most noble intention for that act and then to properly contextualise it for the circumstances.
although the general principles of what Dhamma is may help in deciding how right intention should manifest
'These qualities lead to dispassion
, not to passion; to being
, not to being fettered; to shedding
, not to accumulating; to modesty
, not to self-aggrandizement; to contentment
, not to discontent; to seclusion
, not to entanglement; to aroused persistence
, not to laziness; to being unburdensome
, not to being burdensome'
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
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