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Three Gifts:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit dāna defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 105):

  1. The gift of the dharma (dharma-dāna),
  2. The gift of material things (āmiṣa-dāna),
  3. The gift of friendliness (maitrī-dāna).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ‘three gifts’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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