Generosity (Dana)

After accepting the truth and reality (Sajja) of our addiction, the second part of the Buddhist path of recovery is generosity.

Generosity is the antidote to the selfishness of the ‘addict self’.
A generosity of heart and mind expressed in our thoughts, in our words and in our actions.

This is a generosity of open-heartedness as much as open-handedness; but more than just the generosity of material things – money, time etc.

Generosity gives rise to ethical living, to kindness, to the ability to forgive and to fellowship; and it supports our meditation practice.

This generosity includes a willingness to give to ourselves as much as we give to others.

To give to ourselves – and others – the gift of fearlessness cultivated  through the Precepts (Ethics/Sila).
The give to ourselves – and others – the gifts of Loving-kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity; and Forgiveness.
We can give to ourselves whatever it is that is needed – that is wholesome, skilful and wise – to heal the heart and mind in recovery.

Related resources:

Topics for contemplation & investigation : Generosity (Dana)

Webpage : Dana : The Practice of Giving (selected essays edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi)

Webpage : The Blessings of Awaking to Life After Alcohol, Drugs & Other Compulsions

The following online talks are based on the Foundations of Waking Up: