IV: Sumanā Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
V. The Book of the Fives
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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(1) One gives a gift to a visitor.
(2) One gives a gift to one setting out on a journey.
(3) One gives a gift to a patient.
(4) One gives a gift during a famine.
(5) One first presents the newly harvested crops and fruits to the virtuous ones.
These are the five timely gifts."
At the proper time, those wise,
charitable, and generous
give a timely gift to the noble ones,
who are stable and upright;
given with a clear mind,
one's offering is vast.
Those who rejoice in such deeds
or who provide [other] service
do not miss out on the offering;
they too partake of the merit.
Therefore, with a non-regressing mind,
one should give a gift where it yields great fruit.
Merits are the support of living beings
[when they arise] in the other world.