A Generous Heart

By Mindah-Lee Kumar

Lately, I’ve been thinking (almost daily) about the virtue of practicing generosity. I often feel that its importance is easily overlooked when it comes to the vast body of the Buddha’s teachings and practices. Although the Buddha spoke of the merit of generosity numerous times, it frequently gets dismissed when compared to the allure of meditation and other high-sounding practices. And yet, so many benefits are said to come from the practice of generosity, such as: creating the causes for enjoying good health, long life, wealth, positive connections (spiritual and otherwise), accumulating merit (which makes our meditation fruitful), and accustoming us towards the habit of letting go. Which then, in many ways, prepares us for death, which is the greatest of all letting-go practices.