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The Gospel of Buddha:Chapter 24: The Sermon on Charity

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Anathapindika rejoiced at the words of the Blessed One and said:
"I dwell at Savatthi, the capital of Kosala,
a land rich in produce and enjoying peace.
Pasenadi is the king of the country,
and his name is renowned among our own people and our neighbours.
Now I wish to found there a vihara
which shall be a place of religious devotion for your brotherhood,
and I pray you kindly accept it." [1]

The Buddha saw into the heart of the supporter of orphans;
and knowing that unselfish charity was the moving cause of his offer,
in acceptance of the gift, the Blessed One said: [2]

"The charitable man is loved by all;
his friendship is prized highly;
in death his heart is at rest and full of joy;
for he suffers not from repentance;
he receives the opening flower of his reward
and the fruit that ripens from it. [3]

"Hard is it to understand:
By giving away our food, we get more strength,
by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty;
by donating abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. [4]

"There is a proper time and a proper mode in charity
just as the vigorous warrior goes to battle,
so is the man who is able to give.
He is like an able warrior,
a champion strong and wise in action. [5]

"Loving and compassionate he gives with reverence
and banishes all hatred, envy, and anger. [6]

"The charitable man has found the path of salvation.
He is like the man who plants a sapling,
securing thereby the shade, the flowers, and the fruit in future years.
Even so is the result of charity,
even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great Nirvana. [7]

"We reach the immortal path only by continuous acts of kindness
and we perfect our souls by compassion and charity." [8]

Anathapindika invited Sariputta to accompany him on his return to Kosala
and help him selecting a pleasant site for the vihara. [9]

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