On Generosity

Generosity is one of the six perfections, the actions that define the Bodhisattva path. This is our outward manifestation of compassion. This is the kind of generosity where we are giving without expecting anything in return, like feeding a stray animal, or donating your time in volunteer work.
It has another level too. It also refers to a kind of not holding back. We’re generous when we’re completely open and genuine with others. The deepest form of generosity is sharing yourself, facing the world with an open heart and mind.
There is also a form of generosity in sharing the dharma. That is not to say that we should be out there trying to convert people. That’s not what we, as Buddhists, do. But we should try to cultivate a state of mind where if someone wants to talk about the Dharma or asks questions, we are ready to rise to the occasion.
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