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Merit, 6 Definition(s)

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The good fortune created by virtuous actions. It is the potential power to increase our good qualities and produce happiness.

Added: 06.Apr.2009 | Mahakaruna: Buddhism Glossary
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MERIT. The idea of transfer of the merit from one s religious practice to another person or for the good of other beings is generally regarded as non canonical in Theravada Buddhism although it is quite common in practice. In Mahayana Buddhism the dedication of merit for the good of other beings is an essential part of all ritual practice.
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The auspicious power of wholesome action that brings positive karmic results
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Merit is essentially "good Karma." It can be gained in a number of ways. Many of these involve interaction between the sangha and the laity. For example, when a lay person gives a monk food, they gain merit. Acting in a moral manner, teaching the proper belief, preaching, and chanting also gain an individual merit. Worship of the Buddha can also bring merit. The notion of merit plays the largest role in Theravada Buddhism.
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