The First Gift

10153291_503818193060560_1293208130_nThe disciples of the Noble Ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstain from taking life.

In doing so, they give freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.

In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, they gain a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.

This is the first gift, the first great gift —original, long-standing, traditional, ancient, unadulterated, untainted from the beginning—

that is not open to suspicion, will never be open to suspicion, and is approved by knowledgeable contemplatives and sages.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, AN 8.39

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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One Response to The First Gift

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL Great Middle Way 於 2014年04月19日 (週六) 4:26 AM 寫道﹕ WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “The disciples of the Noble Ones, abandoning the taking of life, abstain from taking life. In doing so, they give freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings.   In giving freed”

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