A student had really resonated with the teaching of giving and said that this came up for them in their business meeting just recently – to give so that they could get more.
Here is my response…
The practice of giving if tied to getting (the expectation that because I’ve given means I will get more) is then bound to the three poisons – greed in particular.
Wanting yearning craving desire attachment – all will bind you.
And what happens when you give and don’t get anything in return?
Then there’s frustration and anger.
Then we look and see others are getting and when we’re not then that leads to jealousy. (Jealousy and pride are added to the poisons in some schools of Buddhism)
Free yourself from this dualistic grasping.
We give because it’s the natural expression of awakening.
When abiding in the empty radiance of mind the natural expression of that is giving.
It doesn’t need to be enticed to give with getting something in return because it’s already full.
If you’re worried about giving away too much – going beyond your capacity – again this too is taken care of when we just keep a clear mind – then wisdom flows through us and we give within reason – to not cripple or hinder ourselves.
There’s no point in getting into debt to be able to give.
Be a good caretaker of what’s currently “yours” and be wise, skillful and compassionate with its use.
Stop seeing the world and others as a transaction that you’re always trying to tweak so you can benefit in some way.
Just rest in your fundamentally awake awareness and bring benefit to everyone you meet as best you can – and drop the scorecard.
Put it all down and let the energy of awareness work through you unhindered by your selfish grasping.
May you only go straight, achieve enlightenment and free us all.
Zen Master E
Ian Paul Marshall