1. What The Buddha taught

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    The Buddha taught ten meritorious deeds for us to perform in order to gain a happy and peaceful life as well as to develop knowledge and understanding. The ten meritorious deeds are:

    ♥ Charity
    ♥ Morality
    ♥ Mental culture
    ♥ Reverence or respect
    ♥ Service in helping others
    ♥ Sharing merits with others
    ♥ Rejoicing in the merits of others
    ♥ Preaching and teaching the Dhamma
    ♥ Listening to the Dhamma
    ♥ Straightening one’s views

    The performance of these ten meritorious deeds will not only benefit oneself, but others as well, besides giving benefits to the recipients. Moral conduct benefits all beings with whom one comes into contact. Mental culture brings peace to others and inspires them to practise the Dhamma. Reverence gives rise to harmony in society, while service improves the lives of others. Sharing merits with others shows that one is concerned about others’ welfare, while rejoicing in others’ merits encourages others to perform more merits. Teaching and listening to the Dhamma are important factors for happiness for both the teacher and listener, while encouraging both to live in line with Dhamma. Straightening one’s views enables a person to show to others the beauty of Dhamma. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha taught:

    ‘Should a person perform good,
    He should do it again and again;
    He should find pleasure therein;
    For blissful is the accumulation of good.’
    ‘Think not lightly of good, saying,
    ‘It will not come near to me’?
    Even by the falling of drops a water-jar is filled.
    Likewise the wise man, gathering little by little,
    Fills himself with good.’

    ~Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

     


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