Buddhist teachings help others understand generosity

"I think sometimes we think we're very generous and also I think that generosity is sometimes misinterpreted as well," said Nolland.

Another point Sierra discussed with the group is the three ways in which the Buddhist teachings say one can be motivated by generosity. The first being tentatively, in which someone is unsure as to if they want to give. The second is friendly giving, in which you give because you care for the person who's in need. Then, finally is noble giving, when you give and expect nothing in return.

"If you practice generosity, it opens your heart, it's a form of service, it's a form of connection," said Sierra. "[It] leads you to the understanding that it's through ethical behavior that we're able to cultivate and maintain that generosity and through an understanding ... and cultivating of that kind of purity of ourselves, we can then sit and be present in our lives."

Sierra also wants people to understand you don't have to be Buddhist to believe in the practice of giving.

"They're just teachings; they're just philosophical teachings," said Sierra. "The teachings of generosity are in Christianity and Judaism. You find them in many religious traditions."

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