Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...

Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

  The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is giving, generosity, or as Lama Zopa Rinpoche likes to call it, charity, and the first of the three levels of giving, the easiest, is giving material things.   The second, much more difficult, is the...

Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

The practice of generosity, or giving, or charity as Lama Zopa Rinpoche refers to it, is very interesting. Lama Tsongkhapa says in one of his lovely poetic lamrim text called Hymns of Experience that “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with which you can fulfill...

The value of money and the power of generosity

Whatever skill we learn, we learn it in stages, and spiritual development is no exception. From the Buddhist perspective the developing we’re doing is the healing of our deeply instinctive fractured sense of self. The irony of this “ego” is that we feel that we’re...

How to use our lives for the benefit of others and ourselves

The Dalai Lama often says, “Always aspire to do what is most beneficial”. But how to decide what is beneficial? And does that mean beneficial for me or for others? Well, it seems to me that it can mean both. For example, I’ve always been moved by people who are...