Accumulating Merit

Train yourself in accumulating merit, yielding long-lasting happiness. Cultivate the practice of giving, virtuous conduct, and a mind of loving kindness. By cultivating these qualities, the wise attain untroubled and happy states. 

—Buddha Shakyamuni 

In the sutras, ten activities are especially recommended for accumulating merit: 

  1. Giving material aid or protection to others
  2. Observing moral conduct
  3. Respecting all beings and having reverence for our superiors
  4. Serving all sentient beings
  5. Listening to Dharma teachings
  6. Practicing meditation regularly
  7. Correcting our wrong views
  8. Expounding or teaching the Dharma
  9. Rejoicing in the virtue and merit of others
  10. Dedicating our own merit to the welfare of others

 

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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