107 - Merit Making

35:06
 
שתפו
 

Manage episode 297166554 series 2496605
על ידי JoAnn Fox and JoAnn Fox: Buddhist Teacher התגלה על ידי Player FM והקהילה שלנו - זכויות היוצרים שמורות למפרסם, לא ל-Player FM, והשמע מוזרם ישירות מהשרתים שלכם. הירשמו כדי לעקוב אחר עדכונים ב-Player FM, או הדביקו את כתובת העדכונים באפליקציות פודקאסט אחרות.

In this episode, we look at creating merit by intentionally engaging in activities that are good karma. Merit, or good karma, propels our spiritual practice forward. Thus accumulating merit is a central activity of a bodhisattva, one striving for enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, as well as those who believe in the law of karma.

Ten merit-making activities

  1. Giving (dāna )
  2. Observing the moral precepts (sīla )
  3. Meditation (bhāvanā )
  4. Showing respect to one's superiors (apacāyana )
  5. Attending to their needs (veyyāvacca )
  6. Transferring merit (pattidāna )
  7. Rejoicing at the merit of others (pattānumodana )
  8. Listening to the Dharma, that is, the Buddha's teachings (dhammasavana )
  9. Preaching the Dharma (dhammadesanā )
  10. Having right beliefs (diṭṭhijjukamma )

Guru Padmasambhava said, “My realization is higher than the sky. But my observance of karma is finer than grains of flour.”

One is not a mendicant

Just because one begs from others.

Nor does one become a mendicant

By taking on domestic ways.

But whoever sets aside

Both merit and evil,

Lives the chaste life,

And goes through the world deliberately

Is called “a mendicant.” (266–267)*

Not by silence

Does an ignorant fool become a sage.

The wise person, who,

As if holding a set of scales,

Selects what’s good and avoids what’s evil

Is, for that reason, a sage.

Whoever can weigh these two sides of the world

Is, for that reason, called “a sage.” (268–269)*

—Buddha, The Dhammapada

References

Buddha.The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. (Kindle). Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp. 69-70 (Link)

125 פרקים