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The Gradual Course: Dana
ATI: The Path to Freedom A Self-guided Tour of the Buddha's Teachings (an anthology) Generosity
[AN 7.49]
ATI: Anguttara Nikaya VII.49 Dana Sutta Giving Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Nanamoli Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
Daana Giving, Bound, Generosity Gifts, Giving Gift Giving Giving Giving generosity, gifts, giving giving gifts



Pali Text Society
Pali English Dictionary
Edited by T. W. Rhys Davids and William Stede


Daana: [Ved. daana, daa as in dadaati to give and in daati, dyaati to deal out, thus: distribution...; cp. Gr. da/nos (present), Lat. damnum (E. damages); Gr. dw_ron, Lat. donum; also Ags. tiid (=E. tide, portion, i. e. of time), and tiima (=E. time)....(a) giving, dealing out, gift; almsgiving, liberality, munificence; esp. a charitable gift to a bhikkhu or to the community of bhikkhus, the Sangha... As such it constitutes a meritorious act...and heads the list of these, as enumerated in order, daanamaya pu~n~na.m, siilamaya p., bhaavanaamaya p. viz. acts of merit consisting of munificence, good character and meditation...D III.218 ... (c) Constituents, qualities and characteristics of a daana: 8 objects suitable for gifts form a standard set (also enumd as 10), viz. anna paana vattha yaana maalaa gandha-vilepana seyyaavasatha padiipeyya (bread, water, clothes, vehicle, garlands, scented ointment, conveniences for lying down and dwelling, lighting facility)... Eight ways of giving alms at D III.258= A IV.236, five ways...A III.171 sq.; eight sapp- at A IV.243. Five manners of almsgiving metaphorically for siilas 1-5 at A IV.246... Five characteristics of a beneficial gift at A III.172... (d) Various passages showing practice and value of daana: Vin I.236; D I.53...; II.356 sq....; A IV.392 sq....; D III.147 sq., 190 sq., 232;...; A I.91...; A I.161; III.41...; IV.60; 237 sq...., 392 sq....; V.269...; J I.8...; II.112..., III.52 (id.);... - adaana withholding a gift, neglect of liberality, stinginess...; cp. -siila under cpds.: atidaana excessive almsgiving....
-agga...a house where alms or donations are given, a store-house of gifts, fig. a source or giver of gifts, a horn of plenty...
-aanisa'nsa praise of generosity... means or materials for a gift...; object suitable for gifts, of which 8 or 10 are mentioned (see above Q)...;
-kathaa talk or conversation about (the merit and demerit of) almsgiving...;
-dhamma the duty or meritorious act of bestowing gifts of mercy...;
-pati "lord of alms," master in liberality, a liberal donor...;
-pu~n~na the religious merit of almsgiving or liberality (see above a)...;
-phala the fruit of munificence (as accruing to the donor)...;
-maya consisting in giving alms or being liberal (see above a)...


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