14 religious donations to individuals

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14 religious donations to individuals

Ranked from the best donation to the lesser donations to individuals:

Ä€nanda, there are these fourteen religious donations to individuals. What fourteen?

  • 1. One gives a gift to the Realized One, the perfected one, the fully awakened Buddha. This is the first religious donation to an individual.
  • 2. One gives a gift to a Buddha awakened for themselves. This is the second religious donation to an individual.
  • 3. One gives a gift to a perfected one. This is the third religious donation to an individual.
  • 4. One gives a gift to someone practicing to realize the fruit of perfection. This is the fourth religious donation to an individual.
  • 5. One gives a gift to a non-returner. This is the fifth religious donation to an individual.
  • 6. One gives a gift to someone practicing to realize the fruit of non-return. This is the sixth religious donation to an individual.
  • 7. One gives a gift to a once-returner. This is the seventh religious donation to an individual.
  • 8. One gives a gift to someone practicing to realize the fruit of once-return. This is the eighth religious donation to an individual.
  • 9. One gives a gift to a stream-enterer. This is the ninth religious donation to an individual.
  • 10. One gives a gift to someone practicing to realize the fruit of stream-entry. This is the tenth religious donation to an individual.
  • 11. One gives a gift to an outsider who is free of sensual desire. This is the eleventh religious donation to an individual.
  • 12. One gives a gift to an ordinary person who has good ethical conduct. This is the twelfth religious donation to an individual.
  • 13. One gives a gift to an ordinary person who has bad ethical conduct. This is the thirteenth religious donation to an individual.
  • 14. One gives a gift to an animal. This is the fourteenth religious donation to an individual.

(MN 142)

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