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Merit, what and why?

We are to cultivate a sense of compassion, to develop a giving heart, practice virtuous conduct, and attain a state of metta in our lives. Merit-making or making merit is a method to increase happiness. We make merit by generosity, and it is usually done in the same manner a dripping water tap fills a cooking pot, a little at a time. Making merit purifies our mind, by overcoming greed, delusion, and hatred. Buddha teaches us, the merit we accumulate is a treasure that is not only safe from fire, flood, earthquake, thieves, expropriation or taxation by government, it is indestructible. Buddha also taught that merit does not perish upon our death. We read in the Dhammapada, v. 18 “Here he is glad, in the next life he is glad. The meritorious man is in both worlds glad. Thinking, ‘I have made meritʼ, he is glad. Still more glad is he when gone to realms of bliss.” Over the next several days I will delve deeper into making merit. The actions are suitable for everyone, regardless of religion, as it is about living a more moral life, about treating others correctly, and about virtuous conduct.


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