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Practising giving, sharing and performing kind unselfish acts…

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Practising giving, sharing and performing kind unselfish acts should never by looked upon as merely preliminary practices. Their profound importance may be judged by a series of teachings given by the Buddha to the monks and recorded in the Aṅguttara Nikāya (V.256-7). He says that it would be impossible for them to enter any of the jhānas, let alone realise enlightenment without abandoning five kinds of stinginess or miserliness:

 

Miserliness with regard to dwellings.
Miserliness with regard to lay support.
Miserliness with regard to gains.
Miserliness with regard to praise.
Miserliness with regard to the Dhamma.

 

Possessiveness and the desire for no other person to share in the things one values and derives benefit from is a poison of the mind. Cultivating the love of giving removes that poison.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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