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10)Give What Difficult to Give

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10Give What Difficult to Give

by Chan Master Benxing

Giving can controlgreedy. One who doesn’t give can’t know people who can give up what isdifficult for them to give up.

One youth spoke toSariputra[1]: “For my mother was sick, needs one eye of a religiouspractitioner to make medicine, please give me your eye.”

Sariputra got downhis left eye without hesitation, handed it over him.

The youth againsaid: “The doctor told me your right eye will be good.”

Sariputra againgot down his right eye and gave it to him.

The youth put twoeyes of Sariputra below his nose and had a smell, scolded: “What kind areligious practitioner you are! Your eyes are too smelly to be smelt.” So hethrew eyes on the ground, stepped by his feet, and went away. From that case,it’s clear that giving is difficult.

Giving doesn’trest with large or little amount, but whether the mind is honest.

When the mind ishonest while giving, then a piece of rice will be as big as the MountSumeru[2]; if the mind is dishonest while giving, then even the Mount Sumeruwill be as little as a piece of rice. The so-called “One flower is a universe,one leaf is a Buddha” is the similar truth.

A poor kid isbadgering with you for money. If you give him ten pence, you will get a goodfeeling for a period of time; if you don’t give, you will pull and push withhim, scold him; so, you will get a bad mood deeply because you want to save tenpence. Ten pence and a period of time of good feeling, which one will youselect?


[1] One of greatpupils of the Buddha. He was the wisest among all disciples of the Buddha.

[2] . In Buddhistcosmology, Sumeru is a towering mountain at the center of the universe. It isin the center of a great ocean, on a golden wheel, and it rises 80,000 yojanaabove sea level. It is surrounded by nine mountains and eight seas. The sun andmoon circle around it, and the 'six destinies' and various heavens are aroundand above it. On its peak is Thirty-three Heaven, where Indra lives.


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