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IV. Sumanaa Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fives
IV: Sumanaa

Sutta 35

Daanaanisa.msa Sutta.m

The Advantages from Gifts

Translated by E. M. Hare

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[1][olds][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


'Yes, lord,' they replied; and the Exalted One said:

'Monks, there are these five advantages from gifts.

What five?

He is good and dear to many folk; good and wise men love him; a good report is spread abroad about him; he strays not from the householder's Dhamma;[1] and, on the breaking up [33] of the body after death, he is reborn in the happy heaven-world.

Monks, these are the five advantages from gifts.

Dear is the giver, goodly the way he takes,
Loved[2] by the good, God-goers,[3] self-restrained;
They teach him Dhamma that dispels all Ill,
That Dhamma he here having come to know,[4]
He rid of cankers waneth utterly.'[5]


[1] Gihidhammaa anapeto. Comy. akha.n.da-pa~ncasiilaa, the Dhamma of a Buddhamaataa, J. i, 49.

[2] Comy. reads santo na.m bhajanti, S.e. santo bhajanti sappurisaa.

[3] Brahmacaarayo; see Mrs. Rhys Davids' Gotama, 95.

[4] The last two lines of the text recur at Vin. ii, 148, 164; J. i, 94; below, Ii 38.

[5] Parinibbaati.

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