What’s in it for me? Our natural human tendency is to take, to grasp, to cling. If you can give though, there is hope, spiritually speaking. Generosity is an attitude of heart and of mind, an attitude of one’s whole being.
Sangharakshita describes the altruistic aspect of the Bodhisattva and the reconciliation of the apparent antithesis between the interests of others and of self by practising the first two of the six Perfections: dana (giving) and shila (ethics or ‘uprightness’).
Danapriya explores how our inner world reflects to the outer world. How do we want to live in the world? How do our views impact our practice of generosity? Where do we direct the energies of craving and desire?
In this Dharmabyte podcast, ‘Hear the Call to Give’, Vidyamala reminds us of the Buddha’s words that at the very least we can give. Our Bodhisattva journey, giving is the first paramita, the first training, because it is the complete opposite of grasping. Anyone can have a moment of open-handedness!
Excerpt from the talk ‘From Pinball Machine to River’, a talk given on the Manchester Buddhist Centre Sangha Retreat at Adhisthana on 21 May 2016.