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Altruism

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Priscilla Wong

28th Nov 2021

“Moreover, Subhuti, within this phenomenal world, a bodhisattva should practice giving without abiding in anything. This means that he should not give abiding in form, nor should he give abiding in sound, smell, taste, touch, or dharmas. Subhuti, a bodhisattva should not give abiding in any notion whatsoever. And why is this? If a bodhisattva gives without abiding in any notion whatsoever, then his merit will be immeasurable.”

She invites us to ponder a few questions as below:

1. When giving, what are some factors that we unconsciously abide in?

2. Give an example (big or small) where you have been the giver, receiver or witnessed true altruism?

3. How can we practice giving without abiding in our daily lives?