VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
IV: On Giving
On Giving (a)
Translated from the Pali by E.M. Hare.
Once the Exalted One was dwelling near Sāvatthī,
at Jeta Grove,
in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
There the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:
"Monks, there are these eight ways of giving.
One gives of one's own accord;
one gives from fear;
one gives thinking:
"He gave to me";
or else when thinking:
"He will give to me or,
"It is good to give" or,
"I prepare food,
they do not;
though I cook,
I am not worthy to stop giving
to those who prepare no food";
or, "From this alms-giving of mine,
a fair report will be spread abroad";
or one gives to enrich and mellow the heart.
Monks, these are the eight ways of giving.'
 Āsajja, Dial., loc. cit.; Because an object of hospitality has approached; lit. seated, but the word can mean spontaneously, see P.E.D. s.v. The Comy. here patvā ... nisīdāpetvā. But there is possibly a contrast with giving from fear intended.