Giving is essential to Buddhism.Generosity opens our heart, frees us from attachment and is the basis of all good qualities.Whenever the Buddha delivered a discourse to an audience of people who had not yet come to regard him as their teacher, he would start by emphasizing the value of giving. Only after his audience had come to appreciate this virtue would he introduce other aspects of his teaching, such as sila or morality, the law of kamma, and the benefits in renunciation, and only after all these principles had made their impact on the minds of his listeners would he expound to them the Four Noble Truths and other teachings.