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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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is merit just ok (not great)?

When the Buddha says "on the side of merit or demerit" this means, dependent on current conditions: one or the other, not both at the same time. Because the actor is not circumspect in ...
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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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What happens when your tank is empty, and you’ve got nothing left to give?

It's not about giving.. if you can live with good thoughts that's enough. You can give a little water to a thirsty animal, that's also a great thing. Keep your mind clean and good. Don't make your ...
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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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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

Of course animals can understand love and compassion. Most people who dont know this have not spent a lot of time with animals. I personally have watched horses and dogs help human beings awaken to ...
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Sharing merit in Theravada Buddhism

the 165th verse of the Dhammapada, the 9th verse of its Attavagga, says Attanā hi kataṃ pāpaṃ, attanā saṅkilissati; Attanā akataṃ pāpaṃ, attanāva visujjhati; Suddhī asuddhi paccattaṃ, ...
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Sutta/Sutra guideline for choosing actions in ethical dilemmas

Having traversed all the quarters with the mind, one surely finds none anywhere dearer than oneself. Thus for each of us love the self the most— therefore, one who loves the self should ...
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How best to accelerate vast accumulation of merits?

Perform the Ten Meritorious Deeds.. 1.Charity.(Dana) 2.Morality.(Sila) 3.Mental culture.(Bhavana/Meditations) 4.Reverence or respect. 5.Service in helping others. 6.Sharing merits with others. ...
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Teachings regarding Veneration/Respect (as one of the traditional 10 meritorious deeds)

Ven. Sir. most likely Apacāyana is a word used in the commentaries more particularly appearing Abhidhamma commentaries like Attha,sālinī, Abhidhamm’attha,saṅgaha, Abhidhamm’attha,vibhāvinī, Moha,...
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Verses and lines of dedication of merits: Does one like to share traditional and personal verbal ways?

There are probably as many answers to this question as there are Buddhists, but as you ask the question to all, I thought maybe I can offer something about the rule, rather than the form. There are ...
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Sutta Question - Three Ways of Making Merit

AN8.36 is mainly dealing with giving as it comes under the category of Dana Vagga. https://suttacentral.net/en/an8.36
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PIN POTHA (puñña potha) or Merit Book, costom still alive? How to keep it up?

As a Sri Lankan, I've heard these in our grand parent times (within last 20-30 years back). With the current lifestyle, everyone has started looking for happiness in outer world, most of the people ...
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Transferring merit to someone living who isnt open minded to receiving it

It was once said that... If you were to go along the north bank of the Ganges giving and sacrificing and encouraging others to do the same, no merit comes of that, and no outcome of merit. --SN42....
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What are stories on awakening while practicing teaching the Dhamma?

One example comes from the Khemaka Sutta: That is what Ven. Khemaka said. Gratified, the elder monks delighted in his words. And while this explanation was being given, the minds of sixty-some monks, ...
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Is it possible to share merit to all beings like Angels, hungry ghosts, animals etc

Not sure Dhammadhatu's answer is direct answer for this question. So sharing merit (telling your good merit) to animals doesn't work because they (almost every of animals) do not have any mind to ...
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What did the Buddha say about sharing merit?

There are already other answers, good householder. In addition to those, one can share merit by inviting others to join in the carrying out of charitable or meritorious activities, and increase right ...
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What did the Buddha say about sharing merit?

The Buddha said: AN10.91:23.1: In the same way, the pleasure seeker who seeks wealth using legitimate, non-coercive means, who makes themselves happy and pleased, and shares it and makes merit, and ...
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What did the Buddha say about sharing merit?

The sharing of merits happens when you make your good deed to be known by others so that they can rejoice or give assistance to it. Having been given in proper season, with hearts inspired by the ...
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is merit just ok (not great)?

I believe reading the entire sutta in Pali provides context which makes clear what the Buddha means here. https://suttacentral.net/an6.63 I believe that "merit" and "demerit" are ...
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Merit versus Virtue

Some people have no trouble accepting the teaching on merit. Maybe they see some value in it (like you do with virtue) and therefore don't question it. For those who do have some trouble accepting the ...
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Sutta/Sutra guideline for choosing actions in ethical dilemmas

I still see SN 56.11 as the 'single' sutta: i.e. if you ask me to pick only single sutta, it would be that one. Consider your problem for example, Should I read printed news or online news? I ...
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