Giving with expectations of any returns is not giving - it is buying. We put a price tag on what we intend to receive from this transaction. We're trying to buy our expectations with whatever we gave.
"The receiving is in the moment we give it. - The getting and receiving is experienced in the moment you give something away. The transaction is complete. The giving is how we receive, too.
Giving is spontaneous, and only the story of a future, a story about what the recipient owe us for it, would keep us from knowing our own generosity. What comes back is none of our business. It's over." (Quoted from Loving what is, Byron Katie p179,180)
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This is a nice contribution, I want to share my reflections and experiences too!
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“Sariputra, if there are people who have already made the vow, who now make the vow, or who are about to make the vow, ‘I desire to be born in Amitabha’s country,’ these people, whether born in the past, now being born, or to be born in the future, all will irreversibly attain to anuttarasamyaksambodhi. Therefore, Sariputra, all good men and good women, if they are among those who have faith, should make the vow, ‘I will be born in that country.’”
~ Amitabha Sutra
When I obtain the Buddhahood, any being of the boundless and inconceivable Buddha-worlds of the ten quarters whose body if be touched by the rays of my splendour should not make his body and mind gentle and peaceful, in such a state that he is far more sublime than the gods and men, then may I not attain the enlightenment.
~ Amitabha Buddha's Thirty-Third Vow