Merit by Virtue
Virtue or moral conduct is the basis of the Noble Eightfold Path. The three trainings that develop these are morality, concentration and wisdom. These help us to lead a virtuous live according to the number of precepts we have undertaken to follow. Whether it be five, eight, ten or mare precepts, it is following these faithfully that is virtuous. By abstaining from taking life, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, gossiping or hurtful speech we begin to build a base for our practice. Of course the more precepts we choose to adhere to, the more virtuous our conduct will be. The merit will accrue towards our future life or rebirth.