VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
VIII. The Book of the Eights
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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(1) One gives a gift from desire.
(2) One gives a gift from hatred.
(3) One gives a gift from delusion.
(4) One gives a gift from fear.
(5) One gives a gift, [thinking]:
'Giving was practiced before by my father and forefathers; I should not abandon this ancient family custom.'
(6) One gives a gift, [thinking]:
'Having given this gift, with the breakup of the body, after death, I will be reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world.'
(7) One gives a gift, [thinking]:
'When I am giving this gift my mind becomes placid,  and elation and joy arise.'
(8) One gives a gift for the purpose of ornamenting the mind, equipping the mind.
These are the eight grounds for giving."