|The best gifts are small and wrapped in red and white wrappers say the shamans.|
|Budai, aka Hotei or "Fatty Happy Buddha," as Xmas ornament. He was a monk and bodhisattva with a large belly carrying a sack of candy for children (Bennilover/flickr.com).|
|Rise, but not too high, Santa!|
|Kwan Yin wrapped in lights.|
A tree? No, it's under it. A gift? Yes, what kind? A red and white mystery. Candy cane? No, sweeter. Those electronics I wanted? No, cheaper. A hipster bad sweater? No, lighter. Amanita muscaria mushroom? Bingo! Merry Xmas, m*therfather! O, Kris Kringle, you remembered!
|Devas sneak in with winter gifts to see them.|
|Altai reindeer are eager to fly, tripping on mushrooms (hamidsardarphoto.com).|
|DMT molecule, an entheogen (wiki)|
|Buddha tree ornament (Pictopix)|
|Three Muses/Fates (ger-mujeresencirculo)|
What is "Christmas" (Krst Mes)?
|What the h-ll do you mean, 'What is it?' It's a time to go to the mall, shop, and eat!|
|Mycology: origins of Xmas|
|A Mongolian Buddhist/shaman yert known locally as a ger or "home" (wiki).|
|The Grinch wants a 'shroomin Xmas, too.|
|Whoa, dude, that is epic!|
|Hey, guys, you really want to see GOD?|
|Reindeer live in northern Europe and Siberia and eat psychedelic mushrooms and excrete intoxicating urine they then lick up. Their dung is full of spores. The shamans of Sweden, the Sami, and Mongolia, like the Duhalar, depend on reindeer (Hamid Sardar-Afkhami).|
Sutra: Giving Gifts
Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, and Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly version of the Dana Sutra (AN 7.49) based on Ven. Thanissaro (Geoffrey DeGraff) translation
|What good comes of giving (dana)?|
The Definition of Giving
G.P. Malalasekera (palikanon.com) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
Dana means giving alms, practicing generosity, liberality, making offerings all to let go of greed.
"One who gives alms bestows a fourfold blessing: One helps others to
- long life,
- good appearance,
- happiness, and
"Five blessings accrue to the giver of alms:
- the affection of many
- noble association (friendship)
- good reputation
- celestial rebirth" (see A.V.34).
Alms giving or liberality (dāna) constitutes the first kind of meritorious activity. The two others being virtue (sīla) and meditation or cultivation and development of mind and heart (bhāvanā); see puñña-kiriya-vatthu.
Liberality (cāga) forms one of the Ten Recollections, and alms giving one of the Ten Perfections (see pāramī).