Monday, December 24, 2012

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Tricycle Daily Dharma December 24, 2012

Joy in Giving

Because generosity is characterized by the inner quality of letting go or relinquishing, it reverses the forces that create suffering. It is a profound antidote to the strong habits of clinging, grasping, guarding, and attachment that lead to so much pain and suffering. Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression: we experience joy in forming the intention to give, we experience joy in the action of giving, and we experience joy in remembering that we have given.
- Beth Roth, “Family Dharma: The Joy of Generosity”
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Daily Buddhist Wisdom

He has made his way past this hard-going path --samsara, delusion-- has crossed over, has gone beyond, is free from want, from perplexity, absorbed in jhana, through no-clinging Unbound: he's what I call a brahmin.
- Dhammapada, 26, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.