Not having a quality, not seeing a quality in oneself, people get annoyed, even angry -- and use 1001 excuses to escape the first training.

Now, one who is stingy and not even willing to master it, can such a person expect to be able to grow in Dhamma?

Could he even understand teachings a little in right way, and open to the next step, i.e. right moral virtue?

(Note: this is not given for trade, exchange, stacks and entertaining binding here, but for an exit for debt)


Generosity can help develop non-attachment & emptiness of self but its not guaranteed. This is why generosity is included as "mundane dharma" and it generally taught to common worldlings (aka puthujjana).

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    and to special worldlings? (aka puthujjana) – Samana Johann Jul 13 '19 at 14:27

Merit constitutes:

  • Dana
  • Sila
  • Bhavana

Dana sets a foundation in developing Sila which intern strengthen Bhavana.

But they always need not be developed in order and should be viewed 3 legs of a stool. One collapses the stool falls. So when even one gets a chance one should develop whatever item they can and whatever the opportunity to present itself. E.g. there may be an instance one can develop Sila and Bhavana but one does not have the means to make a donation. One should not ignore Dana and do the other two only also. When one gets the chance one should do Dana.

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  • Isn't a stingy mind incapable to gain Jhana, right view, path or fruits? How could such practice virtue, meditation... not to speak about the 8-fold path? – Samana Johann Jul 13 '19 at 14:30

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