Posted by: Upāsaka | 10/22/2018

Practices for the Paramis

My last post quoted a book wherein I found an inspiring aspiration that I can se to begin my day and practice dana more fully. It’s included in the quote yesterday but here it is again:

“If I cannot give away even a spoonful of rice today, I will not consume anything.”

“When others are overtaken by greed, I will be the one without any stain such as miserliness. I will sacrifice completely. I will have clean hands. I will be happy to be generous. I will be happy to be asked. I will be happy in generosity and sharing. This is my Noble Good Fortune.”

I intend to make a list of these practices (I guess that’s the American in me: bigger lists are better, more is better.) Here’s what I have so far:

  • If I cannot give away even a spoonful of food today, I will not consume anything.
  • If I cannot give away as little as a quarter today, I will not spend any money.
  • If I cannot offer one kind word to everyone I meet, I will not speak with them.

For now, that’s a good start.


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