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Sutta about the merit of meditation

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Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby greenfrog » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:05 am

Hi all,

Quite a while ago I read a sutta which gradually compared the merit gained from all kinds of offerings, such as almsfood, building temples and whatnot, to the merit gained from a single day spent in meditation.

Could anyone please point me in the right direction, as I'm having a terrible time trying to find it once again. I remember the conclusion being something like one single moment spent meditating results in an immeasurable amount of merit, with various similes such as a grain of sand compared to the Ganges.

Thanks heaps.

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby daverupa » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:24 am

Perhaps AN 8.36? It involves three routes of merit: generosity, morality, cultivation. Various iterations of the three in combination are connected with various realms.

Dhammapada, verse 111 offers a similar idea.

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby greenfrog » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:50 am

Thanks daverupa, but unfortunately AN 8.36 is not the one I am searching for.

Thanks also Mike, AN 9.20 is much closer to the one I have in mind, although I clearly remember it mentioning offerings such as temples being built, and also things such as an offering of almsfood to a monk as opposed to an Arahant.

Sorry my explanation is not clearer! It's such a difficult thing to search for as well.

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:43 am

Hi Greenfrog,

Those things are mentioned in the sutta I linked to. I only quoted part of it (and it's not a great translation...).

:anjali:
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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby greenfrog » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:11 am

My sincere apologies Mike! This is indeed the one I had in mind, I just didn't recognise it upon first read through. Thanks heaps!

I found a slightly easier to read translation here for anyone interested: http://www.vimokkha.com/velama.htm

Thanks again :)

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby manas » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:08 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Sutta about the merit of meditation

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:46 am

May be the , from the Dighanikaya.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)


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