Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

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Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:24 am

I have been wondering about this for some time. What does Buddha say about charity works? Is this something that he would suggest that we do or not? This is the idea that we spend time helping others out of their poverty or helping a group of people to better their life through education or health.

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Laurens » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:39 am

Caring for and helping others is very much supported by the Buddha. Although in Buddhism its not what you give, its the nature of the gift. A small gift given selflessly is better than a large gift given selfishly.
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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:07 pm

What would be the nature of the gift given in Buddhism?

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Laurens » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:22 pm

Well I guess it would be a gift given with a pure heart. Its hard to state the specifics, but basically a gift given out of a geniune wish to make other beings well and happy, rather than a gift to get your name on a plaque on the wall.
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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:42 pm

And don't forget the quality of the merit generated is directly related to the spiritual development of the receiver. Other than that though, the Lord Buddha advised us to give where we feel inspired. Simple as that. May you be well, happy and peaceful! :anjali:
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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Emi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:16 pm

In my opinion, The Dhamma is the purest gift the human race has received; surely 'passing on' it's words to others is the greatest gift, or act of charity, of all? :namaste:
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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:35 pm

Well I guess it would be a gift given with a pure heart. Its hard to state the specifics, but basically a gift given out of a geniune wish to make other beings well and happy, rather than a gift to get your name on a plaque on the wall.

If you had listened to the award show you would know that these individuals did it not for a plaque, which they did not expect, but out of love for mankind. They were all very humble in accepting the gift.

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Laurens » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:03 pm

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby boris » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:29 pm

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:58 pm

oh, sorry Laurens.

How do I understand what the dhammapada says?

I am not really sure. I do believe in taking care of the welfare of oneself, but I also believe that we should help others by way of charity works.

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:34 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby boris » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:06 am

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Re: Buddha and the CNN Hero Awards

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:19 am

Thank you Chris for your contribution containing Narada Thera's translation and story behind the Dhammapada verse.
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