Aṅguttara Nikāya


Aṅguttara Nikāya
VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga

The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
IV. Giving

Sutta 31

Dāna Suttaɱ

Giving (1)

Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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[1][pts][olds] "Bhikkhus, there are these eight gifts.

What eight?

(1) Having insulted [the recipient], one gives a gift.

(2) One gives a gift from fear.

(3) One gives a gift, [thinking]:

'He gave to me.'

(4) One gives a gift, [thinking]:

'He will give to me.'

(5) One gives a gift, [thinking]:

'Giving is good.'

(6) One gives a gift, [thinking]:

'I cook; these people do not cook.

It isn't right that I who cook should not give to those who do not cook.'

(7) One gives a gift, [thinking]:

'Because I have given this gift, I will gain a good reputation.'

(8) One gives a gift for the purpose of ornamenting the mind, equipping the mind."

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