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Aŋguttara-Nikāya
Pañcaka-Nipāta
IV. Sumanā Vagga

The Book of Fives

Suttas 36

Kāladāna Suttaṃ

The Right Time to Give

Translated from the Pali by Michael Olds

 


 

[1][pts][than][bodh] I HEAR TELL:

One time the Lucky man addressed the beggars, saying:

"Beggars!

And "Bhagava!" the beggars responded.

Then the Lucky Man said:

"Beggars! There are these five right times for giving:

When there is a newcomer, it is the right time for giving,

Again, when there is one who is taking leave, it is the right time for giving,

Again, when there is one who is sick, it is the right time for giving,

Again, when food is hard to get, it is the right time for giving,

And again, at harvest-time, he gives the first fruits of his labors to those of high ethical conduct."

 


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