Dāna or Daan (दान) is the concept of generosity in Dharmic religions, except it also refers to the practice of cultivating generosity. This can be characterized by unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go. In Buddhism, ultimately, the practice culminates in one of the Perfections (paramitas) the Perfection of Giving (dana-paramita).

Giving leads to being reborn in happy states and material wealth.[1] Alternatively, lack of giving leads to unhappy states and poverty.

The exquisite paradox in Buddhism is that the more we give - and the more we give without seeking something in return - the wealthier (in the broadest sense of the word) we will become. By giving we destroy those acquisitive impulses that ultimately lead to further suffering.

Propagating Generosity[edit | edit source]

Propagating Generosity is the sustainence and spread of generosity by inspiring others to join in by being generous. Generosity can be inspired by giving away things/practices that can be copied, like knowledge or entertainment.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime + enable him to feed others

Gift Economy[edit | edit source]

Gift Economy is based on this concept. Gift Economy's golden rule is "Where there is supply, there will be demand"

File Sharing[edit | edit source]

((main|Knowledge}} The Peer to Peer File-Sharing is one of the best surviving examples of Generosity Propagation.

"Knowledge is Power" and "Power should be Shared" because "Limitless Power in the hands of a few will lead to total corruption".

Also see[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • In the Pali canon's Dighajanu Sutta, generosity (denoted there by the Pali word "cāga" which can be synonymous with "dāna") is identified as one of the four traits conditioning happiness and wealth in the next life.
  • Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.