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Itivuttaka 98 Dāna Sutta
Giving

The Buddha explains two types of giving and which is the most important.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, there are two kinds of giving: giving material things and giving the Dhamma. Monks, of these two kinds of giving, giving the Dhamma is supreme.

Monks, there are two kinds of sharing: sharing material things and sharing the Dhamma. Monks, of these two kinds of sharing, sharing the Dhamma is supreme.

Monks, there are two kinds of help: help with material things and help with the Dhamma. Monks, of these two kinds of help, help with the Dhamma is supreme.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

Since the Buddha has praised supreme and unsurpassed giving and sharing, who, if he is wise and confident in the supreme field of merit, would not give at appropriate times?

Those who teach the Buddha’s Dhamma and those who listen to that Dhamma with minds confident in the Buddha’s path are fully purified through the gift of Dhamma. They diligently practise the Buddha’s path.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 98 Dāna Sutta: Giving

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