Generosity has the power to change us. The Buddha in his teaching
illuminated different reasons why people might want to be generous.
Before you read this section, reflect on how generosity
Was your first thought of generosity one of others giving
to you? If so, reflect on how others being generous with
you feels to you. Contemplate on specific acts of kindness
Recall situations in which you acted generously. How did
such actions affect you? Is there one particular experience
of your generosity that has stayed with you for a long time?
If so, reflect on what it is about that experience that resonated
The highest reason the Buddha gave for generosity was to "adorn the
function of generosity is to clarify the heart and mind so that the
clouds start to fall away.
Reflect on this in relation to generosity. How might
a calm, concentrated, stable,
and insightful mind support generosity? How does an
agitated, worried, angry or fearful mind keep you
from generosity of spirit and action?