[i]‘Thus have I heard. At one time the Buddha was staying in Śrāvastī, at Jetṛ’s Grove, in Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park. Then the Exalted One said to the bhikṣus:
There are two modes of behaviour which render a person poor and destitute. Which are the two modes? (1) When seeing others practising generosity (dāna), preventing this and, moreover, (2) being oneself unwilling to be generous. These are, O monks, the two modes of behaviour rendering a person poor and destitute.
Then, monks, there are two modes of behaviour rendering a person estimable. Which two? (1) When seeing a person distributing things to others, gladly supporting him [or her in this charitable act] and (2) oneself taking delight in being generous. These are, bhikṣus, the two modes of behaviour rendering a person estimable.
Thus, O monks, one should train in practicing generosity and in overcoming of acquisitiveness.
After listening to the Buddha’s words, the bhikṣus were pleased and respectfully rendered themselves to practice.
[i] CBETA, T02, no. 125, p. 594, c29-p. 595, a8. This translation originally published as Ekottaragama XXI, Buddhist Studies Review 14.1, 1997, p 51. Translated from the Chinese version by Thích Huyên-Vi and Bhikkhu Pāsādika in collaboration with Sara Boin-Webb.