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Is another person necessary to produce merit?

From Iti 60: 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 ...
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How can merit be transferred?

The mechanism behind merit transfer is this: There is an element of Metta which benefits one self and other as it creates positive vibes. When you do good followed by strong volition to share this ...
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Sharing merit in Theravada Buddhism

The idea of "sharing merit" or "transferring merit" is very popular in Theravāda Buddhism. I do not believe that it has a basis in the Suttas. I have read that this concept was introduced much later ...
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Karma: Intention vs knowing result of an action

The difference is that it is possible to drive a car without the intention of killing the bugs you will hit, but it's not possible to kill an animal for a particular purpose without intending to kill ...
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How does making merit affect karma?

Kamma is action which produces results, which could be called "merit." It's like seeds planted in a field, no one knows for sure when they will ripen, but if they were planted, they will ripen: ...
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Do artists/entertainers accumulate positive merit when people enjoy their craft?

According to the Talaputra Sutta, one time an actor approached the Buddha and asked him if he would go to heaven with the devas because he made people happy and forget their worries. The Buddha tried ...
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Do artists/entertainers accumulate positive merit when people enjoy their craft?

The one thing that really jumps out at me is intention. About 6% of the world's population is Buddhist and might be familiar with the concepts explained in Ryan and Buddho's answers. Not all ...
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How does making merit affect karma?

I have heard a simile which give some insight around this question. It goes like this. Suppose that you have a big bag with black and white pebbles. The black pebbles are the bad "Karma" and white are ...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

There's a Jakarta story of a previous incarnation of the Buddha giving his body to a hungry tigress. The reason for that act was to prevent the tigress eating her cubs, which would have damaged her ...
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Right way to teaching Dhamma

One should teach the dhamma for the sake of revulsion, of dispassion, of cessation, regarding: decay-and-death, Birth, Existence, Clinging, Craving, Feeling, Contact, The 6 sense-bases, Name-and-form,...
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Transfering merits

According to What Buddhists Believe by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera, it is possible to transfer merit to living persons as well as deceased persons. According to Buddhism, good deeds or '...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

In Chinese/Mahayana Buddhism, not only is it possible, but under the Brahma Net Sutra precepts, you are obliged to teach the dharma to all sentient beings including animals. In that cosmology, ...
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How can merit be transferred?

The merit cannot be transferred through anyway to the passed one or man to man. But the merit can be shared to the departed one and also man to man. In the Tirokuddo Sutta, has no mentioned that the ...
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Right understanding of Dāna

In Buddhism the merit created is greater if you give food to a monk when compared with giving to a prisoner for example, it doesn't mean you should not help the prisoner, it means that you create more ...
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How would an animal ever accumulate enough merit to warrant rebirth as a human?

In the Jataka tales (Similar to Aseop's Fables ) there are many stories about the Buddha's various past lives. These are tales for children and normally come with a moral. There are a ton of them, ...
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What does the phrase "to armor oneself with vows" mean?

What does the phrase “to armor oneself with vows” mean? I don't recall seeing that exact phrase in the texts that I've read but the analogy of the vows being used as an armor symbolizes the ...
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What happens when your tank is empty, and you’ve got nothing left to give?

It's not really about what you give, it 's about what you give up. What you let go. We can always give love. We can always send lovingkindness and compassion. We can give to ourselves if it is from ...
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Sutta on which Buddha states the gravity of merits

I believe you're looking for Velāma Sutta (AN 9:20). Here's Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu's translation: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/AN/AN9_20.html
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What are the things to do get large amount of merits?

It is a very important question. Accumulating merit. If you can undo all your past wrong doings then that will accrue merit. For example if you have lied in the past and now you have taken an oath to ...
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How can merit be transferred?

The first paramita in Mahayana is paramita of generosity. And what generosity could we talk about if we are keeping our merit to ourselves? As many Buddhist practices, this transfer of merit thing ...
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How can merit be transferred?

What I have learned from Theravada tradition (based on a Buddha's discourse) is that you can only transfer merits to beings in the hungry ghost realm, if a relative of yours has passed away and you ...
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How can merit be transferred?

According to the Theravadian Buddhist tradition, I find it difficult to fathom the principle of accumulating 'Merit' or 'Punya kamma', as well as the popular practice of transferring 'merits' to one's ...
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How can merit be transferred?

This originated in the observation that to rejoice in other successes was a virtuous deed. So if I did something well, in the Buddhist sense, I don't know, maybe I ordained into the sangha, I could ...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

I agree with dean's harsh but canonical answer. Animal's do not possess the intelligence necessary to create enough understanding of Dharma to Awaken. They also have other obstacles such as being ...
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