Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gaining merit through detachment

We can always lend a hand to someone who needs help. It is said that giving is more rewarding than receiving.

Whenever we donate some money to the needy, we feel happy for being able to be of help to someone else. According to the teaching of the Buddha, when we give something to someone, we should not attach to the notion that we have helped him or her. Merit is lost if we have attachment of this type. On the other hand, the moment we part with our money to help the needy we should forget about it altogether, then merit is gained.

Hence we should practise detachment whenever we do dana,that is giving money or kind to the needy.

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