Yesterday, following evening meditation, I passed around a basket of wrapped gifts. Please take one and offer it to your neighbour, I said, neither of you will know what’s inside. My intention was for us to experience the pure act of exchanging gifts, of giving and receiving, regardless of the utility, value, or suitability of what’s being exchanged.
“Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return … is enlightened giving” (Hinduism’s Bhagavad Gita, 17.20-21).
“Enlightened beings are magnanimous givers, bestowing whatever they have with equanimity, without regret, without hoping for reward, without seeking honour, without coveting material benefits …” (Buddhism’s Garland Sutra, 21).
image: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)