monks practicing dana

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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no no, i read in shantidevas way of the bodhisattva that a bodhisattva has a certain way they greet someone but i dont think they mention how, or atleast i didnt get to that part in the book. i was always curious though.
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Hello:

A person can do bodily, verbal and mental generosity.
Because of that, a person can practice dana in a variety of ways besides doing physical gifts.

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Damma is the best gift
best give to Buddha is practice
one who practice see the Buddha
that is complete truth
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The merit obtained from giving to animals, even 100 times, is less than the merit from giving to a human, even if it is a person without morals.
Giving to a human without morals, 100 times, is less than giving to one who keeps the five precepts just once.
Giving to one who keeps the five precepts, 100 times, is less merit than giving to one who keeps the eight precepts, just once.
Giving to one keeping the eight precepts, 100 times, is less than one who keeps the ten precepts (Novice).
Giving to one keeping the ten precepts, 100 times, is less than giving to a monk keeping 227 precepts.
Giving to a monk keeping the 227 precepts who is still Putuchon, 100 times, is less than giving to a Sotapanna.
Giving to a Sotapanna, 100 times, is less than a Sakgdagami.
Giving to a Sakgdagami, 100 times is less than an Anagami.
Giving to an Anagami, 100 times, is less than an Arahant.
Giving to an Arahant, 100 times, is less than a Padjekha Buddha.
Giving to a Padjekha Buddha, 100 times is les than a Buddha.
Giving to a Buddha, 100 times, is less than building a Viharn, Bote, Chedi, Sala, Guti etc.
Constructing these buildings, even 100 times, is less merit than teaching Dhamma to those who are ignorant of it.
Teaching Dhamma, even 100 times, is less than not getting angry, wanting revenge or to harm any beings, even enemies.
Forgiving, even 100 times, is less than keeping the five precepts just once.
Keeping the five precepts, 100 times, is less than keeping the eight precepts even just once.
Keeping the eight precepts,100 times, is less than keeping the ten precepts just once.
Ordaining as a Samanera (novice) keeping the ten precepts, even for 100 years, is less then one who ordains as a monk keeping 227 precepts, even for a single day.
Ordaining as a Monk keeping the 227 precepts absolutely unbroken for 100 years, is less than practicing Samatha meditation and making the mind still and quiet (kanika samadhi) for only as long as the flick of an elephant's ear.
One who achieves the yana in samatha meditation, even for 100 years, is less merit than one who sees the truth of the three characteristics, (suffering, impermanence and non-self), even if only for a moment. (Vipassana).
One who has the wisdom to know the truth about the three characteristics, that this body is only subject to suffering, impermanent and not-self, even for only a moment, as long as the flick of an elephant's ear, is better than one who lives for 100 years but hasn't the wisdom to see the truth.
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Hello fabianfred,

Could you give a link and reference to the above information please?

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awesome post fabianfred.
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Sorry Cooran...no. I translated it from a Thai Dhamma booklet about making merit.

this is relevant... http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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