waimengwan wrote:Renunciation, how I understand this is we need renunciation then the actions that we do will result in true merit. Without renunciation all actions we do can be either karma or a combination of karma and merits. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Then as a lay person what kind of renunciation can we achieve without becoming a monastic?
dharmagoat wrote:Andrew108 wrote:But what is it exactly?
I have never been too sure about this.
waimengwan wrote:Merit is accrued due to someone engaging in actions with a bodhicitta intention/ non selfish motivation,
Andrew108 wrote:Buddhism presents a very different version of reality than the one we are used to. Merit is the sense of inspiration we take in this unconventional view. It follows that the amount of inspiration we have is an indication of our potential. So merit is both inspiration and potential. The greatest way of gaining merit is to wish more than anything to come into contact with genuine dharma.
Andrew108 wrote:Merit making centred around an egotistical desire to improve ones circumstances or to inflated oneself is worthless.
JKhedrup wrote:With words I am always interested in how the Tibetan gives it, because there can sometimes be several different English translations for the same word. In Tibetan nges par 'byung ba is the word that is often translated into English as renunication. In fact if you break down the world nges par is "definitely" and byung ba is emerge, hence another translation is definite emergence.
To me this carries a connotation of definitely wanting to emerge from, to get out of, that which binds us, and to eventually leave samsara behind.
Andrew108 wrote:In the end renunciation consists of not adding to experiences.
Andrew108 wrote:Conventionally yogis like Milarepa led miserable lives. By modern standards they would be seen as loosers in life and lacking merit.
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