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In our sangha group we will discuss the 8th precept From the most clear profound and subtle mind do not be possessive with the dharma treasures. Please help us understand what are dharma treasures and how can one be not possessive with them?

Putting this precept into simple words: on the mind level as well as on the material level, to not be stingy. Turning this around means to give, share, donate. That is the law of truth. That mind of wanting, of greediness creates a mind that gathers. A sharing mind feels satisfied when everything has been given to others. This mind of attachment is being created through our five senses: the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, body and these are bringing forth the seven emotions: joy, anger, sadness, fear, love, hate, greed. The body is borrowed, all comes into existence from emptiness and returns to it - to be able to see the Dharma treasures in this way does not bring about any confusion. Going the natural way, whatever you chose to entrust the choosing, not being an obstruction to yourself.

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