Daily Wisdom / Zen

Generosity is Letting Go of “Me”

book coverThe Buddha spoke constantly of the value of generosity, saying it is the most effective way to reach enlightenment. He recommended giving simple gifts—pure water to drink, food, shelter, clothing, transportation, light, flowers. Even poor people can be generous, he said, by giving a crumb of their food to an ant. Each time we give something away, whether it is a material object or our time (it is “ours”?), we are letting go of a bit of that carefully gathered and fiercely defended temporary heap of stuff we call, “I, me, and mine.”

From Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere by Jan Chozen Bays, page 104

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