VIII. Aṭṭhaka Nipāta
IV. Dāna Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Eights
IV: On Giving
The Worthy Man (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 eight gifts of a good man.
Monks, he gives clean (things),
what is choice,
at fitting times,
and with care;
he gives repeatedly;
and giving calms his mind;
after giving he is glad.
Monks, these are the eight gifts of a good man.
Clean, choice and timely, proper drink and food
He gives in charity repeatedly
To them that live the life - fair field of merit -
Nor feels remorse at lavishing his gifts Of things
material. Gifts given thus
The seers extol. And sacrificing thus -
Wise man, believer, with his heart set free -
I' the calm and happy world that sage is born.'