The word given or also said to be alms is what we give to
someone. Of course, we understand that there are alms and
recipients. The poor who are in need and have the help
will be able to overcome the tribulation.
Giving away in the deep sense is letting go of all
material and spiritual attachments.
Giving according to common sense is to help, share, it is
to cultivate good seeds, like bank depositors, though at
the moment there is no money, but when needed, we come to
the bank to withdraw. In this case, we know that we have
been doing a noble mind, although not calculating, but we
know that we will receive the same or more. We give
something that is intended to pray for the present and
future blessings, or for wanting to respond to the
kindness of others.
Thus, when we do good deeds such as giving money,
property, sharing concerns, the suffering of others is we
save for saving, or in Buddhist terms, they are we are
cultivating merit. According to the cause and effect of
the Buddha, those who do evil will suffer retribution and
good will be blessed.
According to the cause and effect of the Buddha, in this
world, rich people have a glorious career and become a
famous person not suddenly. That is the result of their
virtuous practice in many previous lives. Therefore, in
this life, there is no such thing as a coincidence.
Wanting to be rich and noble, full of prosperity in the
future, we must know how to give alms, make offerings,
help, and share according to our ability. True Buddhists
must always believe deeply in the cause and effect,
believing that they are good and blessed. So if you want
to be rich, lots of wealth that we don't know how to
cultivate merit, we are afraid that the things we need
Buddhism is present in life for the benefit of sentient
beings, instructing those who want to transform poverty,
they must know how to give alms and make offerings. Buddha
taught almsgiving is the way we relieve the greed,
selfishness, just know to live for ourselves. Doing the
almsgiving is that we can help, share with others, no
longer live in emotionless. Buddhism advocates living
together with humanity, with the concept that everyone is
our relative, each person must have the responsibility and
duty of love, protection, and mutual assistance in the
spirit of no-self.
Buddhism clearly sees the life of all living beings to
rely on each other, not a species that can separate social
life but exist in this vast universe.
In the present, we do not want to be blessed but we cannot
be blessed tomorrow. Just as we have not done merit in the
past, now we have to suffer from poverty. We should
remember that doing good is blessed. Understanding this,
each of us needs to try to cultivate merit to make life
more perfect. One day we live in life, one day we have to
live usefully for ourselves and for people without harming
anyone. On the contrary, people living in deprived
situations, rice is not enough to eat, clothing is not
enough to wear, the family often causes aggression,
discord, conflict is due to lack of merit.
- People who are enough to eat and wear are those who have
merit, so they are less worried, so they can easily
People with merit are people who have a stable life,
adequate material means, houses, money, fame, good food,
warm clothes; living in the family on the agreement under
the peace, the small people know how to respectfully
respect the adults, the loving adults protect small
children and filial children with parents and
grandparents, parents know how to teach children to stay
away you are evil, close to those who are good in love for
humanity, for human love in life with a knowing heart.
In addition to the blessings that come from the giving of
property, giving alms to the understanding of the
cultivation, the almsgiving is not afraid, the merit of
almsgiving also comes from actions, words, thoughts bring
happiness to everyone in the present and future. So the
person who is dedicated to doing merit is someone who
knows how to do good things, always helps people when they
encounter difficulties, so everyone likes to be close,
dear and respectful. Because of that closeness, we easily
sympathize, forgive each other, be willing to serve, love,
protect, help each other in the spirit of selflessness.
Blessings help us transform the evil and harmful karma
that harms people and animals of many lives. Blessings
also have the power to help us be wise to reduce
wrongdoing in life. There are things that we seem to be
unable to save, but because of the merit, we also pass
So, almsgiving is still an essential condition of
Buddhists, because it has the ability to make compassion
develop more and more widely. That's why people give more
merit than the recipient because the person who receives
only a little bit of material but who gives a whole lot of
spiritual pleasure helps other people with less suffering.
- Because of almsgiving so many lives, we reap many
So when we have faith in the Three Jewels, believe deeply
in the cause and effect and try to maintain the mind of
learning the Dharma, the practice of letting go, so we
gradually transform negativity, greed, anger, and
delusion. Buddhas in the ten directions, the attainment of
enlightenment-liberation also from almsgiving as the
If you give alms and offerings, but your heart does not
wish for anything, offer the temple to have more
conditions to help people through the needy difficulties
without hesitation, without thinking, then we will
transform negativity such as greed, anger, and ignorance.
Be aware, when initiating alms-giving, is our mind and
fame will diminish, the ego is also lighter than before.
We do not do evil deeds, but do all good deeds, but do not
adhere to those deeds, our mind will be pure. That is, we
know how to cultivate the mind and nature and to know how
to do merit and to cultivate the mind. When doing good
deeds if we accept it closely, our minds will be upset,
uneasy, uncomfortable when criticized by others.
A person who does a good job gets a rich blessing in the
world, when he dies he is born into heaven. According to
the Buddhist scriptures, people who have the highest
blessing are born into the heavenly realms of the human
realms to enjoy good results, but when the blessings are
over, are still dominated by the law of impermanence,
still have to drift within the cycle of birth and death,
only the full merit is not dominated by suffering, so be
at ease in all circumstances.
The cause and effect of karma will not give up when one
meets the conditions. Those who specialize in good deeds
are blessed and do bad deeds, and receive misery. It is a
very fair law that does not favor anyone. Therefore,
Buddhists must know wisely to choose their actions, do not
let the bad fruits to be harvested, to take suffering.
Saints when encountering bad results due to wise wisdom
clearly see the cause and effect of karma, so they are not
sad. A wise person must know how to choose a good path to
happiness, know how to do merit, if he does not know how
to accumulate merit, then when the blessing will no longer
be a disaster.
Helping, sharing with people, we will establish love
everywhere, based on which we can create relationships and
relationships in the community to develop well in all
aspects of long-term sustainability. So in our daily life,
we have to do how to create blessings to perfect
our-selves and contribute to humanity.
We can cultivate blessings in many ways, but the practice
of giving is the basic foundation for connecting love,
sharing life to ease the misfortune of others, the first
good thing that Buddha always mentioned. Human nature is
always wanted, want more, never seen enough, never
satisfied with what you have. To live happily, we should
be content with what we have and try to maintain, preserve
and develop. Expecting a lot, dreaming so much and not
being satisfied is just a lot of sorrow and suffering.
True Buddhists must stop desires in the right place and
should know almsgiving is the first step to share the
suffering of the unfortunate people. It is a great
consolation in life, a bridge connecting love with human
love in life.
Going one step further, almsgiving is letting go of this
mistrust of the mind and body as an ego, from which there
is our self which is bound by defilements: Greed, anger,
and ignorance. Full generosity is when we help anyone
without seeing who we have helped. Such alms has the power
to help us overcome the miserable sea, the enchanted
river, and soon arrive at the enlightenment land to
So as a practitioner, we should build and develop and
preserve the temple; contribute, participate in social
activities; helping people have conditions to learn and
practice to transform the suffering of pain into happiness
and benefit all beings. The story of the rich man is named
Anathapindika in Dhammamapada (Dharma of the Sutra), the
paragraph of Pāpavagga (Evil product) talks about the
retribution of victory of the pure alms mind. The story,
one day Mr. Anathapindika visited the Buddha. The Buddha
knew that Anathapindika had no assets to give, the Buddha
- Hey homeowner, today at home you have something alms
- Sir Bhagava, I have almsgiving.
The Master asked:
- Do you still have something to give, so what are the
- Sir Bhagava, at home I have porridge with sourdough left
from the previous day.
Hearing that, the Buddha taught the following:
- Hey homeowners, never think, porridge plate and sour
powder will be less merit. Anything alms, but your alms
mind is good, the results will be good.
So when we work well, we want to get good results like the
Buddha's teachings, we need to know the following three
1-What do we do with the joyful mind, the merit, the more
the mind becomes happy, the more merit it is.
2 - Blessed that there is wisdom is more blessed than not
having a clear understanding of what you do.
3. When creating merit, we invite others to do merit with
us, then the blessing will be increased.
If your self is the one who often calls for others to do
merit, or if you are the one who is called by others to do
merit, you should know these things:
- Firstly, when doing merit, we should avoid the case of
other people encouraging. For example, I don't want to do
that kind of good work, but listening to other people stir
up, so we make people see. This is an avoidance that
should not be done and similarly, we should not encourage
others to call them to do merit.
- The second is not to call someone to make offerings from
time to time. For example, in the temple, there are
Buddhists who are very pleased with the Three Jewels,
earnestly make offerings, and so we keep calling them to
do good. In this case, the Buddha called milking cows to
exhaustion. There are people who, because they keep
calling them bless-ing, so they become depressed, have no
joy and finally do not want to be blessed. In this case,
we have created a huge bad karma that we lose faith in
- Third, when people do merit, whether more or less, we
should not look, criticize. For example, today we call
people blessed, people who donate $ 100 are happy, and
people who donate $ 10 are happy too. Never say that the
Buddhist, or that she is a doctor, but when the temple
calls for blessings, only 20.00 dollars or 50.00 dollars
are offered. We should not say that. The fact that people
do merit, whoever does it will enjoy it, it is not a duty
or a problem that they have to worship like this or that,
but in a pure mind.
The blessing of generosity is so beautiful, so Giving is
also considered a noble fragrance, radiating all over, in
all directions, creating many good and aromatic voices for
villages or communities where they are I live. In the
Sutra of the Tang Chi Bô, Chapter Three Dharma, Ananda
asked the Buddha:
- Sir Bhagava, what is the aroma of what kind of incense
can fly in the wind, can fly against the wind, can fly
smoothly according to the wind and can also fly against
- Here, Ananda, in which village, or in which town, is
there a female or male person, who has taken refuge in the
Buddha, a refuge in the dharma, refuge in the Sangha,
keeps the five precepts, the mind is honest, lives in the
house with the mind Invasive infection, almsgiving does
not regret with open hands, like to give up, prefer to
share alms. Such people are praised by the Sa-mon,
Ba-la-Mon, Chu Thien and the non-humans. And like that,
that person is a noble plant. That incense tree, Ananda,
has a scent flying in the wind, has a scent that goes
against the wind, has a scent flying in the direction of
the wind and can also fly against the wind.
However, almsgiving is not an easy thing to do, as many
people often misunderstand. This is a practice that
requires us to be diligent, mindful and intellectual.
First of all, the Buddha taught that when giving, we must
know clearly about things, ways to give and give thought
to. In the Sutra of the Sangha, the Chapter Eight of the
Dharma, He taught:
- Hey, monks, there are eight alms of the one who embodies
the truth. What is eight:
- Give clean objects;
- For specific objects
- For the right time;
- For adaptive objects;
- Give with care;
- Always give;
- When giving, the mind is faithful;
- After giving, the mind is always happy.
Such a pure alms, according to the Buddha, will create a
- Never get burned by fire,
- Not being swept away by floodwaters,
- No theft,
- Not confiscated by the government,
- Don't be taken away by enemies.
The treasure of merit created by almsgiving is one of the
seven most noble types of property, in the world of
Buddhist learning called: Seven types of holy resources.
The Buddha taught in the Sutra of Tang Chi Bo, Chapter
Seven of the Dharma:
In the Sutra of Tang Chi Bo, Chapter Five of the Dharma,
the Buddha taught, there are five types of generosity that
deserve the one who embodies the truth:
- Almsgiving has faith
- Almsgiving has respect;
- Giving alms in time,
- Alms with a heart that is not forced;
- Giving alms does not hurt yourself and others.
Regarding the benefits of alms food, alms meal, will be
- Long life
- Beautiful color
- Living peacefully,
- To have a healthy body
- Talent speaking and rhetoric.
In addition, according to the commentary, to have great
results, almsgiving must meet all three conditions of
1 - achievements of merit fields, that is, to the
recipients of alms-giving. The recipient of almsgiving is
the one with virtue, who meets special virtues.
2 - the achievement of almsgiving, that is, the almsgiving
material is fully legal, pure and relevant to the giver
3- Achieving the mind, being aware of full alms, having a
pure mind, having joy and joy in three times: Before
doing, doing and after doing.
Regarding alms in time, the Buddha stated that there are 5
- Giving to someone new to our country of residence.
- Giving to people who are about to leave, leaving our
country of residence.
- Giving to the sick.
- Giving in hunger.
- What are the fruits that are newly harvested, first of
all, the offer-ings of the virtues?
If almsgiving has such a pure mind, then almsgiving will
bring benefits. Depending on almsgiving, depending on the
way of giving, the result will be given to the almsgiver
with abundant property. Typical as:
- Husbands, wives, children, and grandchildren all have a
beauty like lotus flowers.
- The maids in the house are obedient and work hard.
- All appliances in the house come at the right time.
- Five types of worldly virtues such as money, beauty,
fame, food, and sleep are fully enjoyed.
On the other hand, if alms-giving is not pure, more alms,
the more afflicting, so only a little blessing, that
blessing is still very limited, moreover, even though the
future will be blessed, but very hardships. The morality
of karmic retribution must understand. We give alms,
almsgiving is very comfortable, very happy, very pure, the
future receives blessings, this blessing is pure. You see,
in this current society, there are many rich and precious
people, they absolutely do not care about work, but they
are very easy to obtain. This is the reason in the past
life that giving alms is very comfortable, very happy, so
the blessing that they get is very natural. There are some
people who are rich but very miserable, working very hard
to get rich. That is depending on the distribution of each
In short, almsgiving is a noble virtue that the Buddha
advised all Buddhists to practice. Alms has three types:
Giving property, giving Dharma, and fearlessness. In these
three types of giving, Dharma is nobler. In the three
types of alms, we can practice any kind of alms. It is
important that we have mindfulness and wisdom to clearly
understand the giving, the way we give, and our minds must
be pure when doing the almsgiving. More importantly, when
almsgiving needs to originate from the faith in the Three
Jewels and to be sufficiently virtuous to bring joy to all
beings. Finally, we also need to practice chanting,
reciting Buddha's name, meditating, in which mindfulness
of almsgiving is an important practice that we need to