2, 3, 4,
5, 6, 7,
emphasis on skillful actions leads to the concept of merit which
refers doing good deeds or actions in an unselfish way for mental
development. Some ways of making merit have been institutionalized
in Thailand and for lay people in Thailand making merit is more
common as a religious activity than meditating or studying dharma.
People in Thailand make merit mostly by giving food to monks
and making donations to temples.
Despite its name in English,
merit isn't a supernatural credit system (although some Thais
see it that way). Instead, making merit refers to doing deeds
unselfishly, without expecting anything in return. They're therefore
done skillfully, and this raises the mental and spiritual level
of the person doing them. It's believed that even if you don't
follow the complete path to enlightenment these actions will
help you have happiness in this lifetime and also in future
Following are ways to make merit:
giving, following the precepts, doing meditation or having a
collected mind, being reverent, being helpful, dedicating merit
to others, rejoicing in others' merit, listen to dharma, teaching
dharma, and straightening out one's views.
merit-making customs -
in Thai -
other Indian religions Buddhism teaches the continuity of lives.
It describes realms above and below man into which people are
reborn according to their karma. In Buddhism it's not the ego
that's reborn but the sum of your karma - the momentum from your
actions and motivations in this lifletime and past lifetimes.
Rebirth into these realms is impermanant. Only upon reaching nirvana
does rebirth cease. Rebirth is a common theme in traditional stories
in Thai -
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8