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Aṅguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga

The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
IV: On Giving

Sutta 31

Dāna Suttaɱ

On Giving (a)

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[236] [160]

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

Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.

There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:


"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:

"Monks, there are these eight ways of giving.[1]

What eight?

One gives of one's own accord;[2]

one gives from fear;

one gives thinking:
"He gave to me";

or else when thinking:
"He will give to me or,

"It is good to give" or,

"I[3] prepare food,
they do not;
though I cook,
I am not worthy to stop giving
to those who prepare no food";

or, "From this alms-giving of mine,
a fair report will be spread abroad";

or one gives to enrich and mellow the heart.

Monks, these are the eight ways of giving.'


[1] See Dial iii, 239.

[2] Āsajja, Dial., loc. cit.; Because an object of hospitality has approached; lit. seated, but the word can mean spontaneously, see P.E.D. s.v. The Comy. here patvā ... nisīdāpetvā. But there is possibly a contrast with giving from fear intended.

[3] Cf. above, p. 33 f.

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