DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
ACCUMULATION THE MERIT TO SPEND
By Nhất Quán
Today is February 22 year 2020
The lecture I would like to introduce to the public today is
Accumulation The Merit To Spend.
Accumulation The Merit, what does it mean? Why the ancient always
- There is the merit, we can spend on anything we want.
The ancients say accumulation the merit, according to the group of
this word we can see, the merit can accumulate, but we can not see
it. So the merit that the ancient always said, certainly it is not
a kind or any kind of material.
The group of words
accumulation of merit that the ancient propagated and encourage
the children and the grand-children should do accumulate from
thousand, thousand years ago. We can say: The ancients taught,
today we do it.
But nobody could
explain it. Though can not explain it, but the result of phenomena
from the accumulation of merit gives us the approval that there is
influence to the accumulate of merit or the merit of implicit.
The group of the
words the merit of implicit that is not mean that is the hell,
also that is not mean that is the yin or yang. But the word of the
merit of implicit meant is silent, discreet, not visible to the
outside. This meant the people who do the good deed just oneself
know that does not need to brag to every people.
The old language
there is the sentence
- The person has
the merit of implicit, of course, having the silent compensation.
That meant the
person do the good deeds in the discreet, so the causal law also
implicitly bring merit to them. That is called the merit of
Almost the fame,
money, blessing of the human having in the present life is due to
the accumulation from the previous life. Which person has kind of
this merit of implicit is the causal law will compensation worthy
for that one. Therefore, the one does the good deed although show
up or not, want to know that is good or not, just consider the
mind of that person, but about the basic, the one did the good
deed is the very good behavior and need to praise.
That is talking about the previous centuries, however, from the
years of the end of the 20 century and the beginning of the 21
century, the person can understand about accumulate merit can
imagine, although the merit of implicit is formless, but surely
having the true.
Indeed, from the thousand, thousand years ago, until the years of
the end of the 20 century, the human usually say sell the house,
sell the lands or any kind of other materials having the shape,
but have not any person who say to sell the airs or sky. But at
the present time, many companies advertise to sell the space, sell
the air which is the property formless, the first time we hear
seemed an absurdity, but that is true. The unit to sell the space
used is megabyte or gigabyte, actually, we can not see how the
width or how length, but depending on the space we buy and that we
can keep the files of our documents on that, etc
This, we can see the merit or the merit of implicit that the
ancient usually encourage accumulate the merit, although do not
depend on any kind of shape, but it exists, therefore the ancient
usually say accumulate. From once upon a time until today, there
are many stories in the world also help us to recognize these
Our ancestor has accumulated the merit in many different ways,
therefore the fame or success of the children or grandchildren
also different. In the world still handed down that:
- When we are accumulation many merits or merit of implicit is
when the accident happens, it can metabolism bad become good
- The person does not greed the things or property is not belong
to oneself, this good behavior makes that the life of that person
beautiful like brocade fabric, like a flower.
Besides, the person has a goodness is that person not only do the
good to help other people that still help oneself gain more the
compensation of merit, makes the life beautiful like brocade
fabric, like a flower. Many stories handed down from a thousand,
thousand years ago, experiencing many months, years but still
exist until now. That is the expect very sincerely of the ancient,
encourage for the human rise and go forward on the front, that is.
- There is the merit, we can buy on anything we want.
According to the most Venerable Elders encourage, there are many
ways accumulating the merit. So right now all of us should learn
how to accumulate merit, doing the good with this way, it can help
for ourselves and also for other people, and also we can gain more
the merit to use in our life. Below is the method very simple to
accumulate the merit that anyone can do. Therefore, wishing for
everything goes to smooth and goes to straight ahead, firstly we
need to definitive:
- People live on life, should concern the merit and consider that
an important principle.
So, the ancestor always teach:
There is merit, we can do anything we want, that is want to teach
us. We can do anything, but first, we should consider the merit is
important, accumulating and uphold the importance of merit. There
are the merits are everything success, the life will have a rest
time, lucky. Because merit is the origin of a hundred thousand of
the good deed, it also is the foundation for a human who studies
and becomes a person useful for social. Understanding merit is the
good virtue, part of the beautiful, and straight of humans.
- Save one life of
a human is the merit numberless, save one life of a human is the
merit many like the sand of the Ganga River.
Therefore, in life
we must understand the merit was shown up through many different
corners, that is the behavior of humans to other people, with the
job and social. Some of the thing considering is a good deed,
giving to others with a good purpose all these actions are called
are the accumulation of merit.
Although the mean
of the merit word in Buddhist there is plenty of meaning, all is
established on the basic foundation that is the perfect moral of
every human. Therefore, to cultivate and accumulate the merit for
oneself in the present or next life, or for our children in the
future life. According to Buddhism, there are many ways, but the
most general and the most easy to cultivate is compliance with the
five precepts, which are the five moral principles of the Buddhist
Layman. That is:
- No killing the
- No stealing the
thing that people do not give
- No adultery the
persons who is not ourself wife or husband
- No speak the
things is not correct with the true
- No use
alcoholism and other intoxicants
And at the same
time as we must study and application the verse:
- Do not do the
But must do
everything good deed
Keep in the mind
is very pure in the every time
That is the words
of Buddha taught.
That is talking
about to the people who know Refuge Three Jewels, knowing how to
compliance the five precepts. Besides, in daily life, for the
people who not yet know Refuge Three Jewels, never know the five
precepts also can accumulate the merit through the principles as
1. Accumulate The
Merit From The Words of The Mouth
The words of the
mouth need to tolerant and generous to other people. The straight
of the words of mouth, though it is good, but the purpose of the
word of mouth is making for the listener to understand what we
mean. Therefore, instead of we use the words straight, but we can
use gentle words to point out something wrong to a listener who
can understand to correct the wrong to right. So, if we want to
criticize other people, first we need to consider the pride of the
listener when they hear we say but nothing hurts them. And you
must remember that a criticizing word or remind right time is the
value better than a hundred, thousand amount of gold. That is the
way to accumulate merit from the words of the mouth.
2. Accumulate The
Merit From A Praise
psychology any people want other person praise, but the self
doesn't want to praise other people. To learn the way how to
praise other people is the action very necessary for every people.
Do not know to praise other people is in mind oneself very small
and narrow. The praise the good deed of other people that mean
support, concur, share the good things, good actions, good
behaviors, or good news to other people. Nobody wants to live
alone in this world, so any people want others to praise though
only one person or only one-word praise, and understanding
yourself. The praise other people, the really accumulate the merit
3. Accumulate The
Merit From Saving The Face Of Other People.
There is some
situation do not save the face of other people is impolite. The
human on life is very caring about the save of their face,
therefore, at any time should give for others one way out to save
their face. Therefore, although we know their mistakes, instead of
we point out, we can use some kind of gentle language at an
appropriate time to say. Remember, do not never make other people
lost face because of the bad result unpredictable consequences. In
some of the situations unmask one person in front of other people
is a mistake pushing them to go to the end of the road and it will
have the react against. Therefore, at any time, we should give for
other people a way out, that also the way to accumulate merit for
4. Accumulate The
Merit From Trusting Others
The success though
big or small it is not only a person, that must depend on the
force and time of several people. Therefore we do need the support
of others, but when there is a good partner, we should not doubt.
Because of how many trusts, we will have the opportunity of
success the same.
5. Accumulate The
Merit From Helping Other
people also help for ourselves. The time others need you the most,
you should give them a good refuge. Helping other people also is a
way to accumulate merit the best.
At the time very
important, every people expect others to help him. The kindness
always will impressive in their mind. So, when you help others
should find a way for them joyful and acceptant
6. Accumulate The
Merit From The Modest
The ancient always
The people who
arrogant go anywhere all like to show up the talent, and create
many the enemy. Therefore, let go of pride, reduce selfishness, do
not need to show up the talent everywhere, every time to avoid to
create the enemy. Do not need on the face of the disappointing
people talking about the success of yourself. As a good human does
not arbitrarily brag, also should not be too satisfactory, but
should have a little modest then of everything becomes smooth.
7. Accumulate The
Merit From Understand Others
Everybody who also
wants other people understand và admit yourself. Understanding
others is also the way to bring the benefit to them. Because when
you understand the confide others are you know the way to bring
the happy to them, knowing the way how to living for more beauty,
and also know how to practice better. That also the way to
accumulate the merit from understanding others.
8. Accumulate The
Merit From Respect Others
Let's always place
the respect others in the highest position, even higher our
position. The reverence of one people is the dignity and moral,
sometimes is their life. Therefore, do not never offense others.
For the people who are poor or not have close relatives, we have
to sincere and respect them.
The higher the
position, we do not contemptuous others. If we do so, then you
are the person who has the quality of the gentleman. The gentlemen
are the one respect the poor or not have close relatives, and do
not afraid one who there is a great power, always thinking to
others first, and for self later.
9. Accumulate the
Merit From From Sincerity With Everyone
To live in life,
the sincerity anytime also noble, a person does not sincerity it
is very difficult to exist in the society of humans. Indeed, the
liar will never have a soulmate. The sincerity that is the
foundation of humans, who consider the sincerity important will be
last long in the relationship. Therefore, you should keep in mind
the faith, sincerity then you will capture the support of every
people, every people will like you, and you will succeed.
One person does
any become difficult when lost the sincerity. Although any kind of
reason also could not explain the lie of yours. Who can maintain
the faith, that person could go around on the world and can make
friend everywhere under the sky. That is the way we can accumulate
the merit from the sincerity with everyone.
10. Accumulate the
Merit From From The Gratitude
Thank is the way
to praise the life. In our life, the word of thank right time will
make people become friends. The human has the mind of thanks will
always have the friendly from the other people. Therefore, you
need to practice the word of thank though from the smallest things
in the action of daily. But do not use only for our benefactors,
but also for even our competitor. That shows up you are a person
11. The Accumulate
The Merit From The Kindness
should cultivate kindness, because of the people who have the
kindness always having a leisurely life and easy to accept the
co-operate from others.
12. The Accumulate
The Merit From Smile To Others
smile has the value better hundred, thousand amount of gold,
because of nobody refuses the smile come from the heart. The smile
is the way people come together quickly and the most stable. We
should imagine if in this world you hear the sound of a laugh
daily, everywhere, there are not angry, no enemy, and everybody
considers every person are our friends, the relative, or neighbor,
then of the suffering will disappear.
nobody refuses the sincerity smiles. Therefore the smiles are the
way to connect the human to human the most effect. Use the smiles
to deal with the provocation of the opponent is a noble person.
13. The Accumulate
The Merit From The Tolerance
A one can not the
tolerance other people, maybe their heart is too small! Should
remember, use mercifulness to metabolism the mistake heart of
other people, so the people who have the tolerance is very easy to
occupy for the heart of another person. Therefore, we should learn
how to forgive the mistakes of other people. Sometimes, just only
the tolerance that we can have a nice relationship.
The tolerance is
the first virtue of the honorable men. The force of tolerance very
large, it can change the person from bad become good, from a
mistaken person become the right person. It also can change from a
person who has a mind like of stone, wood because of the hatred
become a person has a mind beautiful, love life.
The mind of
tolerance person not only thinking about other people, including
the enemy, but that is also the way to think about self, untie for
self, because of the hate, angry is the poison medicine. Keeping
the hate and angrily in the mind is hold the poison medicine, and
also poisoned for self. The mind of tolerance is the sweet dew
water can treat for the suffering soul, also is the antidote for
every hate and angrily in this world.
Accumulated the Merit From The Mind of Charitable
Every people want
to make friend, become a good neighbor, even want to corporations
with the people who have a mind of the kind. The kindly people can
admission others. Therefore, should not despise the good thing
though that thing very small. That is the way to accumulation the
merit from the mind of charitable.
Accumulated The Merit From Know Listen.
The ancient people
- Before learning
to speak, we should learn to listen.
Knowing to listen
is know thinking about others, knowing yield others, knowing
respect others. Because you have enough patience to listen to
others, then you also have the patience to understand and love
Sometimes we just
need to listen, because listening is the answer to the
contradiction, suffering, sad the most wonderful in the life. The
Human can not listen, mean can not patience, can not patience is
can not do the big works. From once upon a time until now, the
most wisdom people are the person speak very little but know the
most listen. Therefore, the art of listening is also a way to
That is the 15 way
for every people in the society of humans to practice to
accumulate the merit. For encourage the disciples to accumulate
the merit, Buddha taught:
- If you always
do not accumulate the merit, someday you will do not have
anything. Therefore, if you want to use the merit for long, you
should regularly accumulate the merit.
Want that, every
people just increase the kind nature of us, open it and try hard
to do charitable, accumulating the implicit of merit. Once we
accumulate the merit other people want to take away but can not do
that, because that is the part implicit of merit belong to
yourselves. The merit, though the more or less all only comes from
one know to do the good deed. Make the good deed, accumulate the
merit is a good job, the good deed helps others make the good
thing. All of this action expression from the person who has
we can do the good
deed, accumulate the merit at anywhere and any time, any
circumstances. If we do not have the condition of the money are we
can do that by the force of ourselves. In life daily, if we have a
good mind, good word of mouth, good action, do a good person,
meaning we are doing the good deed and accumulate the merit.
The merit big or
small, the way of expression the merit does not depend on the
form, which is at the sincerity. Just have the heart, not because
of benefit though the small good deed also establishing the
immeasurable merit. Therefore, the Causal Law always a concern and
help to one always do a good deed, so on the way they do a good
deed seem to there is the supernatural help them. That is for us
- Do a little good
deed is natural to accumulate a little the merit
We can say, the
merit always protect one in whole life, and the good deed is the
key to accumulate the merit. Therefore, instead of calculating too
much, then we should do the good deed to accumulate the merit,
then our life will be peaceful, and become rich. Therefore the
ancient always said:
- The merit
biggest nothing equally the good heart.
- All blessedness
comes from the mind
We have to know,
all of the seed of good deed will have the Fruits of the good
deed, therefore when we give the love are we receipt the love,
giving the merit then we will receipt the merit. The biggest merit
nothing equally the kind heart.
In short, the
- There is the
merit, we can do anything we want, that truth was approved on many
books in this world. Somebody says that they accumulate the merit
is difficult, but not at all is difficult, or someone says they
accumulate the merit is easy, but not at all is easy, but with the
kind heart, with the mind want to learn, with the mind want to
cultivate, want to do good deed we can do any things we want.
In the direction
the accumulate the merit, if we have an opportunity to make a
little merit, we should know to cherish this merit or call saving
this merit. To reserve the merit is an attitude live, through that
with anything in this world we all cherish. With the thing to use
in daily, we do not waste it. When we know how to cherish the
merit is all creatures attached to you, in the case you something
bad happens to you, then of will be transform, metabolism to good.
acquired is very limit, but if you have the many merits then you
can gather many properties. Therefore, the human has a lot of
merits so having a high position, fortune, fame, and long-living.
That thing lets us see: One human has a lot of merits which can be
operating the property, power, and fame.
Be a human, we can
not lie with the conscience of yourself, would rather be no money,
but cannot lack the merit. If someone who wants to escape the
poor, wants to get rich then they first need to cultivate,
accumulate the merit. In the way concentration to accumulate the
merit and the good action then the wealth will be following comes.
If you give up the merit at the time looking for the property that
means take the top of the tree is the root of the tree, if you get
rich then also not for long. After all, you will be back the poor
as a previous.
the things scare of the cruel actions not because other people
detect but yourself should know, and the things need to praise of
good actions not because from the words of other people, but at
the happiness of yourself. Therefore:
- When you
accumulate the merit no need other people see because of the good
action the natural the good result will come.
- The person does
the good action although the merit not come yet, but disaster will
- The persons do
the cruel action although the disaster not come yet, but the luck
and the merit go away.
- The persons do
good actions like the grass in the spring garden although it can
not see it grow up, but it is truth overgrowth.
- The persons do
the cruel action like a whetstone although it can not see but a
long time the whetstone will erosion.
- The things scare
of the cruel actions not because other people detect but yourself
- The things need
to praise of good actions not because of the words of other
people, but at the happiness of yourself.
The life of a
human, have how many calculate will be having the how much
suffering. To have how much tolerance will have how much
happiness. You accumulates the implicit of merit is you forever
can spend for anything you want. Therefore the ancient always
propagate and encourage:
- There are the
merit, you can spend on anything you want.
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