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Here is a photo of Lunch Offering to the Sangha (monks) at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple.

Three ways of making merit:
1. Making merit by giving.
2. Making merit by virtue.
3. Making merit by the development of meditation.

Eight ways of giving:
1. One gives spontaneously; 2. one gives out of fear; 3. One gives because of thinking, “He too has given me a gift”; 4. One gives because of thinking, “He will give me a present, too”; 5. One gives because of thinking that it is good to give; 6. One gives because of thinking, “I cook, but they (being ascetics) do not; since I cook, it would not be proper for me to refuse to give a meal to those who do not cook”; 7. One gives because of thinking, “By giving such a gift, I shall earn a good reputation”; or 8. One gives because it ennobles the mind, adorns the mind.

Eight reasons for giving:
1. One gives out of affection; 2. One gives in an angry mood; 3. One gives out of stupidity; 4. One gives out of fear; 5. One gives because of thinking: “Such gifts have been given before by my father and grandfather and it was done by them before; hence it would be unworthy of me to give up this old family tradition”; 6. One gives because of thinking, “By giving this gift, I shall be reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world, after death”; 7. One gives because of thinking “When giving the gift, my heart will be glad, and happiness and joy will arise in me”; or 8. One gives because it ennobles and adorns the mind.

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Pendant with Bodhi Tree design on one side and Bodhi Leaf on the other side with name on it.
48 x 33 x 8 mm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara. Collection: Helen

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