Devosachcha wrote:BTW, I want to repeat this:
"I'm NOT trying to understand who I should offer things to"
. I'm trying to understand how Kamma works
, and why #2 and #3 does NOT support each other
The volition changes according to how and why one gives. A virtuous monk who is a Noble One, or even one who is striving to become a Noble One, follows the training laid down by the Buddha. He will never ask for anything. A gift given with respect is better than one given without respect. If the mind is pleased, and leaps up with joy on giving, the volition will be more powerful. The Arahant or other virtuous monks will make good use of that gift, without wasting anything. The greedy and shameless monks will misuse gifts for mean ends, selling excess food to buy things not allowable for monks.
The beggar on the street corner may be hungry, but he is not free from greed, so he is hard to satisfy. The local drug addict once asked me for money — I said I don't use money, but I could give him some food. When I opened my bowl to give him some, he didn't want it. What he really wanted, of course, was money for his next fix, not something to eat.
“Weeds are the bane of fields, lust is the bane of mankind.
Hence what is given to those free from lust yields abundant fruit.” Dhp.v.356
“Weeds are the bane of fields, hatred is the bane of mankind.
Hence what is given to those free from hatred yields abundant fruit.” Dhp.v.357
“Weeds are the bane of fields, delusion is the bane of mankind.
Hence what is given to those free from delusion yields abundant fruit.” Dhp.v.358
“Weeds are the bane of fields, craving is the bane of mankind.
Hence what is given to those free from craving yields abundant fruit.” Dhp.v.359
See Money Makes the World Go Round
, which is based on the Venerable Ledi Sayādaw's Manual of Donation, for details of different kinds and grades of giving.