Ok, let me go by points.
Why would you feel disturbed about me giving my things away? I have no use of them. I had no expectations about how others should behave. Furthermore I've given to charity shops before and know it's a very matter of fact business. It's just worth nothing that one can spend a lifetime collecting things and no-one actually cares about the things one accumulates.
You are assuming I'm disturbed. I'm not. I find your understanding of renunciation shallow. As you make a public spectacle out of it, you may induce others to think that what you are doing is all there is to renunciation. It's not and that attitude may get people in trouble. Renunciation starts in the mind. As I said you by PM, you can live in a palace and be a renunciate and you can live under a bridge with your mind full of greed. It's mind that binds you, not objects. As I also told you, not all objects of desire are physical and most powerful ones usually aren't.
If you didn't have expectations about others behavior, why do you find funny that people didn't thank you when you gave them stuff? Does it occur to you that they may be accepting not to hurt you while in fact they don't have any use for them? Just a possibility.
Does it? Really? I had assumed this was a forum where Buddhists resided and it was possible that others would feel an affinity for the Buddha-dharma and stories and actions such as Layman Pang and others, such as Buddha, who had given up attachment to material things. Perhaps I am wrong.
Yes, this is a Buddhist forum. As such, making a public spectacle about how renunciate one is, commenting what one is giving away and how others reacted to this, doesn't seem the best course of action. I'm sure people feel affinity for the Buddhadharma though. You could do all that in silence. Otherwise it's just bragging one's qualities.
Are you talking as someone who has become enlightened? Are you saying that I should keep all my useless belongings?
I'm talking as someone with good common sense. Giving all away while unprepared may get people in trouble. Others with a shallow understanding of what is renunciation may follow your example only to find out that they've messed their lives.
I'm also saying that mind is what binds you, not objects. Besides if those belongings are useless, then what's the merit of you giving them to others? I find merit when one gives what one needs to others.
And you know this because?
You said you were married, right? Monks can't be married right? If you are a monk, this thread makes it even worse, I'm sorry to say.
Do you imagine creating shelf space by giving away CDS and stuff is going to be a marriage breaker? Do you imagine my wife is offended by her getting several hundreds of pounds of gold?
I'm glad to know you wife finds your behavior very adjusted.
The main point here: seems to me that your understanding of renunciation is shallow and you are not giving a good example. It's not by giving things away that you become a renunciate. Not when you make a big deal out of this.
If I give an old rag to someone, I won't make a topic out of it. Why? Because an old rag means nothing to me. If I make a thread out of giving things, it means that those things still hold a power over me. That or, even worse, that I like to brag about my renunciation. This is self defeating.
Hey, but if you want to keep giving everything away, that's your problem. My post only serves to alert others that what you are doing is not seen as true renunciation by everyone, so they should think twice before following your example.
Best wishes. (You can give them away too