chethinie wrote:Did Buddha say, if we need to give merits to someone in particular, we could say her/his name and they will receive it?
May I please have a reference to such a thing that Buddha said...
There is a long discussion about this sort of thing in AN 10.177
AN 10.177: Janussonin Sutta wrote:Then Janussonin the brahman went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One, "Master Gotama, you know that we brahmans give gifts, make offerings, [saying,] 'May this gift accrue to our dead relatives. May our dead relatives partake of this gift.' Now, Master Gotama, does that gift accrue to our dead relatives? Do our dead relatives partake of that gift?"
"In possible places, brahman, it accrues to them, but not in impossible places."
"And which, Master Gotama, are the possible places? Which are the impossible places?"