Generosity

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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JohnK
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Generosity

Post by JohnK » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:21 am

I just saw this piece on PBS.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/when- ... -to-others
Seemed like good dhamma.

Edited to quote briefly from the piece:
“My son, he’s a paranoid schizophrenic. He’s 13, and he thinks the IRS is after him. I had to put him in the hospital yesterday.”

Mostly, what I felt at that moment was annoyance. This woman had a real problem and, in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to get back to thinking about myself.

I asked her if she wanted me to go with her to the hospital. I asked this because I had decided I would try to think a little bit less about myself and a little bit more about others.

As I asked this, though, I thought, please God, please, say no.

“Yes,” the woman said. “Thank you. That would be great.”

Unexpectedly, I felt enormous relief. It was as if space had opened up around me.

Every time I have given help when I have felt I needed it myself, I have had the same sensation, sometimes quickly, sometimes in a little bit. But there is space around me, that I have more options than I think.

It is generosity which reminds us we’re more than our problems.
Not bad for television.
Last edited by JohnK on Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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bodom
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Re: Generosity

Post by bodom » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:08 am

Thanks for sharing John.

Heres a favorite of mine, a shirt 3 minute video on the power of generosity from Thailand:



Namaste
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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