Although the Buddha encouraged his householder disciples to create wealth, he also repeatedly pointed out the relative worth of outer and inner riches. This short teaching outlines seven sources of inner abundance.
Then Ugga, the king’s chief minister, approached the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down, sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One: “It’s amazing, lord, & awesome, how prosperous Migara Rohaneyya is, how great his treasures, how great his resources!”[Then the Buddha said:] “But what is his property, Ugga? What are his great treasures and great resources?”
“One hundred thousand pieces of gold, lord, to say nothing of his silver.”
“That is treasure, Ugga. I don’t say that it’s not. And that treasure is open to fire, floods, kings, thieves, and hateful heirs. But these seven treasures are not open to fire, flood, kings, thieves, or hateful heirs. Which seven? The treasure of conviction, the treasure of virtue, the treasure of conscience, the treasure of concern, the treasure of listening, the treasure of generosity, the treasure of discernment. These, Ugga, are the seven treasures that are not open to fire, flood, kings, thieves, or hateful heirs.
The treasure of conviction,
the treasure of virtue,
the treasure of conscience and concern.
The treasure of listening, generosity,
and discernment as the seventh treasure.
Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures,
has great treasure in the world
that no human or divine being can excel.
So conviction and virtue, confidence and Dhamma-vision
should be cultivated by the wise,
remembering the Buddhas’ instruction.
The Ugga Sutta, from the Anguttara Nikaya of the Pali canon.