Dec 8, 2015

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Lesson 9: TO WASH A SHEEPSKIN COAT IN PLAIN WATER (Giặt áo da cừu trong nước)

Contemplation on “Fourteen Grievous Failures of a Buddhist Practitioner” Lesson 9: TO WASH A SHEEPSKIN COAT IN PLAIN WATER Almsgiving is an action of sharing one’s fortune with others. Charity is a collective/community activity of giving alms to the unfortunate. Such spirit of generosity deserves honor and respect. For a Buddhist, almsgiving and charity rank top among Six Paramitas (incld. Generosity, Discipline or Moral Conduct, Patience, Diligence, Meditation, and Wisdom). Almsgiving or Generosity also means to generate good karmas to reap fruits in the future, which are categorized as follows: 1/ Generate lots of good karmas and earn lots of blessings 2/ Generate less of good karmas and earn less blessings 3/ Generate less of good karmas but earn lots of blessings 4/ Generate lots of good karmas but earn less blessings The fifth category has not been mentioned in sutras but Master Gampopa has asserted that:” The giving in alms and

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