Morality is the practice of controlling bodily and verbal actions. Mental actions can be most beneficial as well as most heinous, as the case may be among the three kinds of actions. Thus meditation, which can calm the mind, is more beneficial than observing moral precepts.
Cultivating loving-kindness just for a moment as fleeting as the duration of milking a cow once or smelling a fragrant perfume once, can bring more benefits than keeping the moral precepts. Again reflecting on the nature of impermanence of the five aggregates repeatedly for a short moment as fleeting as the snapping of one’s fingers can bring more benefits than cultivating loving-kindness.
Of the three kinds of meritorious deeds—Dana, Sila and Bhavana, Sila can bring more benefit than Dana, Bhavana can give more benefit than Sila. As these three can bring such benefit, good Buddhists should always strive to perform good deeds of merit relating to Dana, Sila and Bhavana.
Title- Morality Is More Beneficial Than Charity (Dana Vs Sila)