Meditation and Merit

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Training of Sila, the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
Zimesky
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Meditation and Merit

Postby Zimesky » Fri May 03, 2013 2:03 am

Does the act of meditation create good merit? Or does it just create a positive state where no bad merit is being accumulated, and create a state of mind more conducive for creating good merit in the future? Or neither, or both?

Digity
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Re: Meditation and Merit

Postby Digity » Fri May 03, 2013 2:40 am

Yes, it creates good merit. I often dedicate my merit after my sitting meditation. You can dedicate it to a certin person or to all beings.

Zimesky
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Re: Meditation and Merit

Postby Zimesky » Fri May 03, 2013 2:51 am

Neat, thanks for the info =)

santa100
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Re: Meditation and Merit

Postby santa100 » Fri May 03, 2013 3:08 am

"This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these three grounds for meritorious activity. Which three? The ground for meritorious activity made of generosity, the ground for meritorious activity made of virtue, and the ground for meritorious activity made of development [meditation]. These are the three grounds for meritorious activity" ~~ Iti 60


Also refer to Ven. Thanissaro's great essay about Merit: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/merit.html

Zimesky
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Re: Meditation and Merit

Postby Zimesky » Fri May 03, 2013 3:21 am

This article is wonderful! Thanks very much for it =)

Dennenappelmoes
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Re: Meditation and Merit

Postby Dennenappelmoes » Fri May 03, 2013 10:57 am

Is there a significant difference I need to understand between merit and karma?


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