Dana — Generosity, the First Principle of Buddhism

Chrnrezig, the Buddha of Compassion

I just saw a piece from a group, “Buddhism for Beginners” — we’re all beginners, trying to keep don’t know mind — which stated that the Buddhist way of life boils down to three basic practices. Meditation, which I typically emphasize ad nauseam, is the third of those practices.

Before meditation, or bhavana, comes sila, which is observing the ethical precepts — do not harm…