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Samantabhadra & Manjusri Bodhisattvas’ Greatest Dedication Of Merits

Those who make this heartfelt aspiration for the Bodhisattva way Will be free of all lower rebirths, Free of harmful companions, And will quickly see Amitabha, Infinite Light. – Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (The King Of Prayers) In order to train just...

Dedication Of Merits

回向偈 Verse For Dedication Of Merits 愿以此功德,   May I, with these meritorious virtues, 普及以一切。Universally dedicate them to all. 我与等众生,   May I, with other sentient beings, 皆共成佛道。All together accomplish...

Can Dedication Of Merits Solve Problems? 回向功德能解决问题吗?

As the Buddhas help immeasurable beings, from this they personally gather immeasurable merits. – Stonepeace (Part 1) Is it possible to do certain good deeds to solve specific problems? Of course, karmically speaking, this is possible – provided...

Does The Donor Or Deceased Gain Merits From Post-Death Donations?

Question: Who benefits from the merit-making when a donation is made to the temple which accommodates the deceased’s niche – the donor or the deceased? Answer: If the donor has no intention to benefit anyone else, all the merits go to the donor. If...

Why Merits Can Only Be Partially Dedicated?

Question: Why is it that when there is chanting or doing good in the name of another, that the person can only receive one-seventh of the merits, while six-sevenths are received by the chanters or practitioners? Answer: This is a natural law, as realised...

Should I Dedicate Merits To Myself First?

Question: Having contributed to a charity, a friend advised that I should make a personal wish before dedicating merits from the act to all beings. But I have also heard that dedication should be to all first. Which is more appropriate? Answer: Actually,...

Should We Share Merits With Our ‘Enemies’?

Karma is our Mama, for we are born from our karma. – Stonepeace | Get Books Is there a need to share merits, even with those who treat us selfishly, or negatively in some way? Yes, the sharing of merits should always include all sentient beings,...

Should I Share on Sharing of Merits?

Question: I heard someone telling a friend that he had dedicated the merits of an overnight puja (chanting service) to her. Is it necessary to do this? Will the merits be the same with or without the person’s knowledge? Answer: It’s not necessary,...

What If I Forgot A Death Anniversary?

Question: I recently forgot about my late parents’ death anniversaries. However, I have been daily practising repentance (on the behalf of all, including them) and mindfulness of Buddha, with dedication of merits to all. Is this alright? Answer:...

How Can Wandering Spirits Be Delivered? 如何超度孤魂?

One without meritscan be offered guidanceto easier create merits.— Shilashanti There are wandering spirits (i.e. 孤魂野鬼: lonely spirits and wild ghosts), who are those yet to be reborn, due to attachment to their past lives, while not...

Four Queries On Buddhist Images & Ancestral Tablets

[1] Is It Inauspicious To Keep A Damaged Buddhist Image? Question: Is it inauspicious to keep a Buddha or Bodhisattva image with a defect, such as a missing finger at home? Answer: The defect is but a reminder of neglect, that it should...

Can I Suffer On Behalf Of Others?

Question: Is it possible to suffer on the behalf of other sentient beings? Answer: Most parents, being loving, wish to suffer on behalf of their children when they are sick, but who is able to do this? If this can be done, the world would not have any...

What Language To Chant In To Help The Deceased?

Question: If there is sutra-chanting for a deceased Chinese person, with dedication of merits, both using a non-Chinese language, will the deceased be able to benefit? Answer: The power from sutra-chanting and dedication comes from the power of the...

Beware Of Anti-Dharma Slander

[Do See All 42 Posts] Recently, there is clearly unfounded online slander via a SINGLE source (directly or indirectly) using some fake names, with unknown background, upon one of our editors. This page archives all corrective responses. Note too, that...

How Are Others’ Faults Also My Faults?

Original TDE article, as featured in For You (Information) 佛友(资讯) magazine The Dharma for the unenlightened is a one-sided mirror for self-reflection. With this mirror turned away, its proper function ceases. Thus, the Dharma is for checking...
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