Danapunya, Dānapuṇya, Dana-punya: 1 definition

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Danapunya means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Dānapuṇya (दानपुण्य) refers to “place of practice of the meritorious action”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter L.—Accordingly, “how does the merit of generosity (dānapuṇya) increase? Answer.—When one gives at the desired time (kāle), one obtains an increase of merit (puṇyābhi-vṛddhi)”.

As is said in the Kālasutta: “When one gives in time of famine (durbhikṣa), one obtains an increase of merit. When one gives to someone who has come from afar on desert trails or dangerous paths, when one gives constantly and uninterruptedly, when one thinks constantly of giving at the right time, then the merit of generosity increases”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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