IV: Sumanā Vagga
The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha
V. The Book of the Fives
The Benefits of Giving
Translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
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(1) One is dear and agreeable to many people.
(2) Good persons resort to one.
(3) One acquires a good reputation.
(4) One is not deficient in the layperson's duties.
(5) With the breakup of the body, after death, one is reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world.
These are the five benefits in giving."
By giving, one becomes dear,
one follows the duty of the good;
the good self-controlled monks,
always resort to one.
They teach one the Dhamma
that dispels all suffering,
having understood which
the taintless one here attains Nibbāna.