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dāna {pi}

Pāḷi; √ dāna
alt. sp.: IPA: d̪ɑːn̪ə, Velthuis: daana, readable: daana, simple: dana
translation ~: generosity, giving
khmer: ទាន
thai: ทาน
sinhal.: දාන
burm.: ဒါန


[dic] dāna (dana)

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ATI Glossary

dāna: Giving, liberality; offering, alms. Specifically, giving of any of the four requisites to the monastic order. More generally, the inclination to give, without expecting any form of repayment from the recipient. Dana is the first theme in the Buddha's system of gradual training (see ānupubbīkathā), the first of the ten pāramīs, one of the seven treasures (see dhana), and the first of the three grounds for meritorious action (see sīla and bhāvanā). [ more ]


Buddhist Dictionary

by late Ven. Nyanalokita Thera:

dāna: 'almsgiving', liberality, offering.

“He who gives alms, bestows a fourfold blessing: he helps to long life, good appearance, happiness and strength. Therefore long life, good appearance, happiness and strength will be his share, whether amongst heavenly beings or amongst men” AN 4.57

“Five blessings accrue to the giver of alms: the affection of many, noble association, good reputation, self-confidence, and heavenly rebirth” see AN 5.34

Seven further blessings are given in AN 7.54.

Liberality, especially the offering of robes, food, etc., to the monks, is highly praised in all Buddhist countries of Southern Asia as a fundamental virtue and as a means to suppress man's inborn greed and egoism. But, as in any other good or bad action, so also in offering gifts, it is the noble intention and volition that really counts as the action, not the mere outward deed.

Almsgiving or liberality (dāna), constitutes the first. kind of meritorious activity, the two others being morality (see sīla) and mental development (bhāvanā); see puñña-kiriya-vatthu.

Liberality (cāga) forms one of the 10 recollections (see anussati) and almsgiving one of the 10 perfections (see pāramī).


PTS Dictionary

by the Pali Text Society:


Glossary Thanissaro

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Illustrated Glossary of Pāli Terms

by Ven. Varado Maha Thera:

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Glossary various Teacher

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See also

Suttas and Dhammadesanā

dāna: (giving; charity). See also Gradual instruction; Pāramīs.


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