The perfection of generosity is the absence of selfishly motivated action and its replacement by the warmth of giving material goods to alleviate worldly needs, giving security and safety to fearful and timid beings, and giving the highest, most sublime gift that is the Dharma itself.

This last act of giving is what the Bodhisattva aims to do continuously. He may do it in many different ways: by sharing a source of inspiration, by teaching the science of mind and meditation, by exemplary action and by expressing the inner recesses of his mind.

The gift of loving gestures and thoughts to whoever is in need of them, the gift of empathy and self-surrender in menacing confrontation, the gift of affectionate humor in times of self-pity, this is the Bodhisattva’s generosity.

Without generosity there is only poverty, dejection, and a cramped mental attitude in which progress toward total awareness is impossible.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Calm and Clear


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