According to the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, there are three types of givers and then there is the process, itself. I will begin with the process, itself, as it is the most remarkable: Giving as a Buddhist is to know that there is a giver, a gift, and a receiver of that gift.
The moment the gift leaves your hand, it is no longer yours! You cannot control it or want anything for it (not even good behavior from our children!). It is the Buddhist practice of Selfless Giving (Dana). There is no ego involved! The receiver of the gift does not “owe back” for having received the gift. Pure bribery would be more honorable! Continue reading “What Is True Giving?”