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Opening our heart through generosity

When we give with a sincere motivation we benefit more than the recipient

A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

When those who want enlightenment must give even their body,
There’s no need to mention external things.
Therefore, without hope for return or any fruition
Give generously—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • Generosity is the mind that takes delight in giving
  • How self-centeredness interferes with our generosity
  • How we may degrade generosity to emotional business transactions
  • The practice of generosity includes being a good recipient
    • If we refuse a gift, we deny others the happiness and virtue of giving
  • The different ways of thinking that block us from being generous
  • The different types of giving

SDD 25: Opening the heart (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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