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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 33

Dāna-Vatthu Suttaɱ

Grounds for Giving

Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.

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[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 grounds for giving.

What eight?

One gives alms out of impulse;[1]

one gives out of exasperation;

one gives under a misapprehension;[2]

one gives from fear;[3]

one gives thinking:

"That was previously given and done by my ancestors.

I am not the man to let the ancient family tradition fall into disuse";


"When I have given this gift I shall,
on the breaking up of the body after death,
be reborn in the blissful heaven-world


"From this gift of mine,
my heart finds peace;
joy and gladness are gotten";

or, he gives to enrich and mellow his heart.

Monks, these are the eight grounds for giving.


[1] Chanda. Comy. pema, so perhaps affection.

[2] Moha.

[3] The text reads bhaya; but the Comy. garaha, blame.

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