We can make gift giving a cause for enlightenment. We can make the act of selecting and giving Christmas presents a lot more bearable, even enjoyable, and definitely meaningful! In this class we look deeply into the nature of generosity, and the Buddha’s advice on how best to give gifts.
We are part of a largely Christian culture, whether intentionally or not, and many of us are uncomfortable about how consumerist the celebration of Christmas has become. In this class we discuss whether generosity is in the thing we give or the intention with which we give it. We investigate how when we imagine giving things away, do we lose anything, or gain something? Giving is primarily a state of mind, rather than the act or the substance. We can practice generosity even if we have no material thing to give.
We can use this opportunity of Christmas to develop the perfection of generosity – the main cause of a perfect human rebirth. Creating merit by practicing generosity is essential for success in all other practices. Without merit we will never develop Bodhicitta or wisdom – no matter how hard we study, we won’t learn anything. By practicing the perfection of generosity, we can genuinely reflect the spirit of Christmas, and contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world.
Give the gift of generosity!
Give a gift that will last for generations to come! Visit our Projects and Causes Donations page to discover the many wonderful and inspiring ways you can contribute to the local and world-wide projects Langri Tangpa Centre is involved with! You can make a donation online, and dedicate the merits to family and loved ones.