Benefits of Giving Dharma

Sharing the Dharma with others, so that they too may benefit from the Buddha's wisdom.
Post Reply
User avatar
Nicholas
Posts: 1942
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:21 pm
Location: California

Benefits of Giving Dharma

Post by Nicholas »

From Buddha's advice in the Inspiring Determination Sutra:
Maitreya, giving the gift of Dharma without materialistic interest, without
the desire for offerings or respect, confers twenty benefits. These twenty are as follows:

One will (1) have mindfulness, (2) have intelligence, (3) be judicious, (4)
gain stability, (5) possess insight, (6) realize supermundane insight, (7) have
less desire, (8) have less anger, (9) have less delusion, (10) become
invulnerable to māras, (11) come to the attention of the blessed buddhas, (12)
be guarded by nonhuman spirits, (13) be favored with splendor by the gods,
(14) become invincible to enemies, and (15) not be separated from friends
and relatives; (16) one’s word will be sacrosanct; (17) one will become
fearless; (18) one’s mind will grow happier; (19) one will be honored by the
wise; and (20) one’s offerings of the Dharma will become worthy of commemoration as well.

And so, Maitreya, these twenty are the benefits that accrue when one
offers the Dharma free of materialistic interest, having rejected all interest in
gain or respect, and without hoping to get food or clothing, simply motivated
by an altruistic intent to offer the gift of Dharma continually and repeatedly.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
User avatar
Nicholas
Posts: 1942
Joined: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:21 pm
Location: California

Re: Benefits of Giving Dharma

Post by Nicholas »

Another 20 benefits from freely giving Dharma:
Maitreya, offering the Dharma with an attitude that is free of materialistic
interest has another twenty benefits. What are these twenty?

(1) Intellectual prowess will be born in one formerly without it;
(2) that prowess, once born, will not be lost; (3) one will possess the integrity
necessary to gain the power of retention; (4) one will accomplish the aims of
many beings with little difficulty; (5) one will become respectfully venerated
by beings with little difficulty; (6) one will achieve physical restraint; (7) one
will achieve verbal restraint; (8) one will achieve mental restraint; (9) one will
pass beyond the fear of inferior rebirth; (10) one will make death an occasion
for great joy; (11) one will defeat all challengers in a manner consistent with
the Dharma; (12) even beings of high status will be overwhelmed by one’s
majesty, let alone common folk; (13) one’s faculties will become unassailable;
(14) one will adhere to the highest and finest intentions; (15) one will gain
tranquility and special insight; (16) one will bring rigorous training to
perfection; (17) one’s diligence will become unrelenting; (18) one will protect
the sacred Dharma at all times; (19) one will quickly arrive at the level of a
non-returner; and (20) one will be in harmony with all the conduct of bodhisattvas.

Maitreya, these twenty are additional benefits that derive from offering
the Dharma with an attitude free of materialistic interest.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests