The Dana Paramita

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Perfection of Generosity (Dana Paramita)
May I be generous
May I be kind and friendly
May I be compassionate
May I be empathetic
May I participate in others joy
May I accept things as they are
Devotion at the Ganges, Benares, India
  • generosity, charity, giving, and offering
  • unconditional love, a boundless openness of heart and mind,
  • a selfless generosity and giving which is completely free from attachment
  • offering our love, compassion, time, energy, and resources to serve the highest welfare of all beings.
  • unconditional and selfless; completely free of any selfish desire for gratitude, recognition, advantage, reputation, or any worldly reward.
  • genuine concern for others—the truly generous motivation of the awakened heart of compassion, wisdom, and love.
  • free of discrimination regarding who is worthy and who is unworthy to receive.
  • cure for the afflictions of greed, miserliness, and possessiveness.
  • offer our time, energy, money, food, clothing, or gifts so as to assist others.
  • offer care and comfort, helping others to feel safe and peaceful.
  • kindness
  • gentleness
  • friendship
  • compassion
  • As Hilllel says “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.  Everything else is commentary”