Sutra Translation: Seven Kinds of Giving

Saṃyukta Ratnapiṭaka Sūtra: The Sutra of Miscellaneous Jewels
Scroll 6:76
Seven Kinds of Giving

Translated by Bro. Thomas Lee Ming Zhi

 

The Buddha said that there are seven kinds of giving, without decreasing one’s wealth, give rise to the attainment of great karmic fruits.

The first kind of giving is named the giving of eye. One always uses a gentle eye contact to look at one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas, and brahmins, refraining from using hostile eye contact, this is named the giving of eye. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain pure eyes; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain Divine Eye and Buddha Eye[1]. This is named the first karmic fruit.

The second kind of giving is named the giving of kind and pleasant countenance. When one faces one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas and brahmins, one does not frown and manifest an unkind countenance. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain a well-formed appearance; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain complexion of pure gold. This is named the second karmic fruit.

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