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Friday, February 11, 2011

Dana, Sila, Bhavana

The food that is provided to the people visiting is given for free. This is food that has been offered, prepared by people who offer their time and given to those who come to the wat to pay respects to ajaan maha bua. But thing such as books are not sold at wats. People donate the money to have the books printed and they are available for free distribution.
dána  a Pali word; means gift, donation, generosity. The purpose of this practice is to become detached, on one hand from possessions, from our dependence from material things, and on the other from unrefined mental impurities, such as desire, greed and jealousy.Dana is that which is given without condition or desire. Not giving to get something in return.
The path to Nibbana comes in two ways: Dana-Sila-Bhavana for the lay Buddhist.Sila-Samadhi-Panna
for the Monks.
People from baan taad, school children, people from around the area are sleeping in tents and hammocks  to be there to prepare the food that has been offered for the people that visit.
The monks eat once a day at about 0800, but the visitors eat throughout the day.

The second, síla, is behaviour, morality, virtue. This is very essential so as to develop wisdom. Right conduct is the very foundation of the path leading to liberation. We can't expect to go one step further on this path if síla is being neglected. The one who is only preoccupied to observe a virtuous behaviour will naturally develop a certain concentration, a certain attention and a certain serenity. The people staying at the wat offering their time a certainly practicing sila.

Once dána and síla have been firmly established, there is nothing else that ought to be done save training in bhávaná, until the end. bhávaná means " development of the concentration ".