Today is January 12, 2019
The article we are introducing to the public
today is the Blessing of Alms.
The word given or also said to be alms is what we
give to someone. Of course, we understand that there are alms
and recipients. The poor who are in need and have the help will
be able to overcome the tribulation.
Giving away in the deep sense is letting go of
all material and spiritual attachments.
Giving according to common sense is to help,
share, it is to cultivate good seeds, like bank depositors,
though at the moment there is no money, but when needed, we come
to the bank to withdraw. In this case, we know that we have been
doing a noble mind, although not calculating, but we know that
we will receive the same or more. We give something that is
intended to pray for the present and future blessings, or for
wanting to respond to the kindness of others.
Thus, when we do good deeds such as giving money,
property, sharing concerns, the suffering of others is we save
for saving, or in Buddhist terms, they are we are cultivating
merit. According to the cause and effect of the Buddha, those
who do evil will suffer retribution and good will be blessed.
According to the cause and effect of the Buddha,
in this world, rich people have a glorious career and become a
famous person not suddenly. That is the result of their virtuous
practice in many previous lives. Therefore, in this life, there
is no such thing as a coincidence.
Wanting to be rich and noble, full of prosperity
in the future, we must know how to give alms, make offerings,
help, and share according to our ability. True Buddhists must
always believe deeply in the cause and effect, believing that
they are good and blessed. So if you want to be rich, lots of
wealth that we don't know how to cultivate merit, we are afraid
that the things we need cannot be.
Buddhism is present in life for the benefit of
sentient beings, instructing those who want to transform
poverty, they must know how to give alms and make offerings.
Buddha taught almsgiving is the way we relieve the greed,
selfishness, just know to live for ourselves. Doing the
almsgiving is that we can help, share with others, no longer
live in emotionless. Buddhism advocates living together with
humanity, with the concept that everyone is our relative, each
person must have the responsibility and duty of love,
protection, and mutual assistance in the spirit of no-self.
Buddhism clearly sees the life of all living
beings to rely on each other, not a species that can separate
social life but exist in this vast universe.
In the present, we do not want to be blessed but
we cannot be blessed tomorrow. Just as we have not done merit in
the past, now we have to suffer from poverty. We should remember
that doing good is blessed. Understanding this, each of us needs
to try to cultivate merit to make life more perfect. One day we
live in life, one day we have to live usefully for ourselves and
for people without harming anyone. On the contrary, people
living in deprived situations, rice is not enough to eat,
clothing is not enough to wear, the family often causes
aggression, discord, conflict is due to lack of merit.
- People who are enough to eat and wear are those
who have merit, so they are less worried, so they can easily
People with merit are people who have a stable
life, adequate material means, houses, money, fame, good food,
warm clothes; living in the family on the agreement under the
peace, the small people know how to respectfully respect the
adults, the loving adults protect small children and filial
children with parents and grandparents, parents know how to
teach children to stay away you are evil, close to those who are
good in love for humanity, for human love in life with a knowing
In addition to the blessings that come from the
giving of property, giving alms to the understanding of the
cultivation, the almsgiving is not afraid, the merit of
almsgiving also comes from actions, words, thoughts bring
happiness to everyone in the present and future. So the person
who is dedicated to doing merit is someone who knows how to do
good things, always helps people when they encounter
difficulties, so everyone likes to be close, dear and
respectful. Because of that closeness, we easily sympathize,
forgive each other, be willing to serve, love, protect, help
each other in the spirit of selflessness.
Blessings help us transform the evil and harmful
karma that harms people and animals of many lives. Blessings
also have the power to help us be wise to reduce wrongdoing in
life. There are things that we seem to be unable to save, but
because of the merit, we also pass everything.
So, almsgiving is still an essential condition of
Buddhists, because it has the ability to make compassion develop
more and more widely. That's why people give more merit than the
recipient because the person who receives only a little bit of
material but who gives a whole lot of spiritual pleasure helps
other people with less suffering.
- Because of almsgiving so many lives, we reap
So when we have faith in the Three Jewels,
believe deeply in the cause and effect and try to maintain the
mind of learning the Dharma, the practice of letting go, so we
gradually transform negativity, greed, anger, and delusion.
Buddhas in the ten directions, the attainment of
enlightenment-liberation also from almsgiving as the foundation.
If you give alms and offerings, but your heart
does not wish for anything, offer the temple to have more
conditions to help people through the needy difficulties without
hesitation, without thinking, then we will transform negativity
such as greed, anger, and ignorance.
Be aware, when initiating alms-giving, is our
mind and fame will diminish, the ego is also lighter than
before. We do not do evil deeds, but do all good deeds, but do
not adhere to those deeds, our mind will be pure. That is, we
know how to cultivate the mind and nature and to know how to do
merit and to cultivate the mind. When doing good deeds if we
accept it closely, our minds will be upset, uneasy,
uncomfortable when criticized by others.
A person who does a good job gets a rich blessing
in the world, when he dies he is born into heaven. According to
the Buddhist scriptures, people who have the highest blessing
are born into the heavenly realms of the human realms to enjoy
good results, but when the blessings are over, are still
dominated by the law of impermanence, still have to drift within
the cycle of birth and death, only the full merit is not
dominated by suffering, so be at ease in all circumstances.
The cause and effect of karma will not give up
when one meets the conditions. Those who specialize in good
deeds are blessed and do bad deeds, and receive misery. It is a
very fair law that does not favor anyone. Therefore, Buddhists
must know wisely to choose their actions, do not let the bad
fruits to be harvested, to take suffering.
Saints when encountering bad results due to wise
wisdom clearly see the cause and effect of karma, so they are
not sad. A wise person must know how to choose a good path to
happiness, know how to do merit, if he does not know how to
accumulate merit, then when the blessing will no longer be a
Helping, sharing with people, we will establish
love everywhere, based on which we can create relationships and
relationships in the community to develop well in all aspects of
long-term sustainability. So in our daily life, we have to do
how to create blessings to perfect our-selves and contribute to
We can cultivate blessings in many ways, but the
practice of giving is the basic foundation for connecting love,
sharing life to ease the misfortune of others, the first good
thing that Buddha always mentioned. Human nature is always
wanted, want more, never seen enough, never satisfied with what
you have. To live happily, we should be content with what we
have and try to maintain, preserve and develop. Expecting a lot,
dreaming so much and not being satisfied is just a lot of sorrow
True Buddhists must stop desires in the right
place and should know almsgiving is the first step to share the
suffering of the unfortunate people. It is a great consolation
in life, a bridge connecting love with human love in life.
Going one step further, almsgiving is letting go
of this mistrust of the mind and body as an ego, from which
there is our self which is bound by defilements: Greed, anger,
and ignorance. Full generosity is when we help anyone without
seeing who we have helped. Such alms has the power to help us
overcome the miserable sea, the enchanted river, and soon arrive
at the enlightenment land to liberate.
So as a practitioner, we should build and develop
and preserve the temple; contribute, participate in social
activities; helping people have conditions to learn and practice
to transform the suffering of pain into happiness and benefit
all beings. The story of the rich man is named Anathapindika in
Dhammamapada (Dharma of the Sutra), the paragraph of Pāpavagga
(Evil product) talks about the retribution of victory of the
pure alms mind. The story, one day Mr. Anathapindika visited the
Buddha. The Buddha knew that Anathapindika had no assets to
give, the Buddha asked:
- Hey homeowner, today at home you have something
- Sir Bhagava, I have almsgiving.
The Master asked:
- Do you still have something to give, so what
are the things?
- Sir Bhagava, at home I have porridge with
sourdough left from the previous day.
Hearing that, the Buddha taught the following:
- Hey homeowners, never think, porridge plate and
sour powder will be less merit. Anything alms, but your alms
mind is good, the results will be good.
So when we work well, we want to get good results
like the Buddha's teachings, we need to know the following three
1-What do we do with the joyful mind, the merit,
the more the mind becomes happy, the more merit it is.
2 - Blessed that there is wisdom is more blessed
than not having a clear understanding of what you do.
3. When creating merit, we invite others to do
merit with us, then the blessing will be increased.
f your self is the one who often calls for others
to do merit, or if you are the one who is called by others to do
merit, you should know these things:
- Firstly, when doing merit, we should avoid the
case of other people encouraging. For example, I don't want to
do that kind of good work, but listening to other people stir
up, so we make people see. This is an avoidance that should not
be done and similarly, we should not encourage others to call
them to do merit.
- The second is not to call someone to make
offerings from time to time. For example, in the temple, there
are Buddhists who are very pleased with the Three Jewels,
earnestly make offerings, and so we keep calling them to do
good. In this case, the Buddha called milking cows to
exhaustion. There are people who, because they keep calling them
bless-ing, so they become depressed, have no joy and finally do
not want to be blessed. In this case, we have created a huge bad
karma that we lose faith in these employers.
- Third, when people do merit, whether more or
less, we should not look, criticize. For example, today we call
people blessed, people who donate $ 100 are happy, and people
who donate $ 10 are happy too. Never say that the Buddhist, or
that she is a doctor, but when the temple calls for blessings,
only 20.00 dollars or 50.00 dollars are offered. We should not
say that. The fact that people do merit, whoever does it will
enjoy it, it is not a duty or a problem that they have to
worship like this or that, but in a pure mind.
The blessing of generosity is so beautiful, so
Giving is also considered a noble fragrance, radiating all over,
in all directions, creating many good and aromatic voices for
villages or communities where they are I live. In the Sutra of
the Tang Chi Bô, Chapter Three Dharma, Ananda asked the Buddha:
- Sir Bhagava, what is the aroma of what kind of
incense can fly in the wind, can fly against the wind, can fly
smoothly according to the wind and can also fly against the
- Here, Ananda, in which village, or in which
town, is there a female or male person, who has taken refuge in
the Buddha, a refuge in the dharma, refuge in the Sangha, keeps
the five precepts, the mind is honest, lives in the house with
the mind Invasive infection, almsgiving does not regret with
open hands, like to give up, prefer to share alms. Such people
are praised by the Sa-mon, Ba-la-Mon, Chu Thien and the
non-humans. And like that, that person is a noble plant. That
incense tree, Ananda, has a scent flying in the wind, has a
scent that goes against the wind, has a scent flying in the
direction of the wind and can also fly against the wind.
However, almsgiving is not an easy thing to do,
as many people often misunderstand. This is a practice that
requires us to be diligent, mindful and intellectual. First of
all, the Buddha taught that when giving, we must know clearly
about things, ways to give and give thought to. In the Sutra of
the Sangha, the Chapter Eight of the Dharma, He taught:
- Hey, monks, there are eight alms of the one who
embodies the truth. What is eight:
- Give clean objects;
- For specific objects
- For the right time;
- For adaptive objects;
- Give with care;
- Always give;
- When giving, the mind is faithful;
- After giving, the mind is always happy.
Such a pure alms, according to the Buddha, will
create a huge asset:
- Never get burned by fire,
- Not being swept away by floodwaters,
- No theft,
- Not confiscated by the government,
- Don't be taken away by enemies.
The treasure of merit created by almsgiving is
one of the seven most noble types of property, in the world of
Buddhist learning called: Seven types of holy resources. The
Buddha taught in the Sutra of Tang Chi Bo, Chapter Seven of the
In the Sutra of Tang Chi Bo, Chapter Five of the
Dharma, the Buddha taught, there are five types of generosity
that deserve the one who embodies the truth:
- Almsgiving has faith
- Almsgiving has respect;
- Giving alms in time,
- Alms with a heart that is not forced;
- Giving alms does not hurt yourself and others.
Regarding the benefits of alms food, alms meal,
will be five results:
- Long life
- Beautiful color
- Living peacefully,
- To have a healthy body
- Talent speaking and rhetoric.
In addition, according to the commentary, to have
great results, almsgiving must meet all three conditions of
1 - achievements of merit fields, that is, to the
recipients of alms-giving. The recipient of almsgiving is the
one with virtue, who meets special virtues.
2 - the achievement of almsgiving, that is, the
almsgiving material is fully legal, pure and relevant to the
giver and receiver.
3- Achieving the mind, being aware of full alms,
having a pure mind, having joy and joy in three times: Before
doing, doing and after doing.
Regarding alms in time, the Buddha stated that
there are 5 types:
- Giving to someone new to our country of
- Giving to people who are about to leave,
leaving our country of residence.
- Giving to the sick.
- Giving in hunger.
- What are the fruits that are newly harvested,
first of all, the offer-ings of the virtues?
If almsgiving has such a pure mind, then
almsgiving will bring benefits. Depending on almsgiving,
depending on the way of giving, the result will be given to the
almsgiver with abundant property. Typical as:
- Husbands, wives, children, and grandchildren
all have a beauty like lotus flowers.
- The maids in the house are obedient and work
- All appliances in the house come at the right
- Five types of worldly virtues such as money,
beauty, fame, food, and sleep are fully enjoyed.
- All accidents did not happen.
On the other hand, if alms-giving is not pure,
more alms, the more afflicting, so only a little blessing, that
blessing is still very limited, moreover, even though the future
will be blessed, but very hardships. The morality of karmic
retribution must understand. We give alms, almsgiving is very
comfortable, very happy, very pure, the future receives
blessings, this blessing is pure. You see, in this current
society, there are many rich and precious people, they
absolutely do not care about work, but they are very easy to
obtain. This is the reason in the past life that giving alms is
very comfortable, very happy, so the blessing that they get is
very natural. There are some people who are rich but very
miserable, working very hard to get rich. That is depending on
the distribution of each person's generosity.
In short, almsgiving is a noble virtue that the
Buddha advised all Buddhists to practice. Alms has three types:
Giving property, giving Dharma, and fearlessness. In these three
types of giving, Dharma is nobler. In the three types of alms,
we can practice any kind of alms. It is important that we have
mindfulness and wisdom to clearly understand the giving, the way
we give, and our minds must be pure when doing the almsgiving.
More importantly, when almsgiving needs to originate from the
faith in the Three Jewels and to be sufficiently virtuous to
bring joy to all beings. Finally, we also need to practice
chanting, reciting Buddha's name, meditating, in which
mindfulness of almsgiving is an important practice that we need
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