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Merit

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed May 06, 2009 6:02 pm

Can anyone point me to any suttas in which the Buddha teaches about merit?

Thanks! :anjali:


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Re: Merit

Postby kc2dpt » Wed May 06, 2009 6:55 pm

- Peter


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Re: Merit

Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 17, 2009 1:45 am

Greetings Drolma,

Generally speaking, merit is also synonymous with kamma.

Metta,
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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Merit

Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 17, 2009 8:46 am

Good point

:tongue:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Merit

Postby Thanavuddho » Sun May 17, 2009 10:48 am

happiness is merit
“Tasmātihānanda, attadīpā viharatha attasaraṇā anaññasaraṇā, dhammadīpā dhammasaraṇā anaññasaraṇā.”(DN16)
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Re: Merit

Postby BlackBird » Thu May 21, 2009 11:08 pm

It seems a lot of time is spent, at least in predominantly 'Buddhist' countries, trying to generate merit, as if merit is some sort of spiritual currency. Next thing you know we will have these Buddhist Merit gurus giving advice to the public at large...

For only 3 easy payments of $29.99 YOU can learn the secrets of spiritual success!
- Learn how to fast track your way to heaven!
- Learn the alms giving principle of success: HOW MUCH? TOO MUCH!
- Learn which Monks will give you the most merit, learn to play the system to your spiritual advantage!


Anyway, , makes for good reading.

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Merit

Postby Individual » Fri May 22, 2009 5:52 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Merit

Postby genkaku » Fri May 22, 2009 2:02 pm

Smile just one smile




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Re: Merit

Postby genkaku » Fri May 22, 2009 3:27 pm

Thanks Mike.

And your experience dovetails with this?
Smile just one smile




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Re: Merit

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The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Merit

Postby cooran » Fri May 22, 2009 9:44 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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The best things in life aren't things.



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