A question on dana motives

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A question on dana motives

Post by ando » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:47 am

Greetings,

I have a question about this sutta, extracted from AN 7.49, regarding the topic of generosity.

When the Buddha was speaking with Sariputta about the motives and fruits of giving, he said,

"... instead of thinking, 'When this gift of mine is given, it makes the mind serene. Gratification & joy arise,' he gives a gift with the thought, 'This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind.' He gives his gift — food, drink, clothing, a vehicle; a garland, perfume, & ointment; bedding, shelter, & a lamp — to a priest or a contemplative. What do you think, Sariputta? Might a person give such a gift as this?"

and the sutta continues on to say:

"... with the thought, 'This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind' — on the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the company of Brahma's Retinue. Then, having exhausted that action, that power, that status, that sovereignty, he is a non-returner. He does not come back to this world."

Could someone elaborate on the meaning of ornament for the mind, a support for the mind?

Thank you.

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Re: A question on dana motives

Post by Stephen » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:41 am

It means that the person recognizes that the object is a fetter, an attachment.
The "self", which is a construct of the mind, is non-self. It is not us, and we are not it. This self blinds us to reality; it is our Mara, our Satan, our Hades. Cast it out and behold the path to freedom.
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Re: A question on dana motives

Post by bodom » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:50 am

Stephen wrote:It means that the person recognizes that the object is a fetter, an attachment.
I believe it to be that the mind is gladdened and made happy on account of the wholesome mind state of generosity. That this thought will be the support and cause for a heavenly future rebirth.

'This is an ornament for the mind, a support for the mind' — on the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the company of Brahma's Retinue. Then, having exhausted that action, that power, that status, that sovereignty, he is a non-returner. He does not come back to this world.

Also see this thread:
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