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The Six PerfectionsBuddhism and the Cultivation of Character$
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Dale Wright

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195382013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.001.0001

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The Perfection of Generosity

The Perfection of Generosity

(p.18) 1 The Perfection of Generosity
The Six Perfections

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Chapter 1 is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the perfection of generosity. The second section raises questions about how admirable generosity might be conceived today. It asks questions about giving: how to give, when to give, when not to give, and how to conceive of yourself as a giver without self‐centered implications. It asks how the enlightenment of the Mahayana bodhisattva, brings the quality of his giving, dana, to perfection, danaparamita.

Keywords:   perfection of generosity, generosity, giving, bodhisattva, dāna, dānapāramitā

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