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"With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"

Possibility to share your merits and rejoice about the merits of others via Bhante Subhūti website.

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Re: Sharing merits via "With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 08:39:03 am »
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Mr. Allen:

I would have thought the best way of taking care of animals was, as much as possible (given that some of them might see you as a snack), to let them go free, and live their lives as they choose. Including fish, however small and insignificant.

My partner always 'frees' insects and the like accidentally 'captured' in our home, and releases them into the world, saying "Go free, little creature, and live your life." How much I learn from her metta.


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Worlds farmers gift and share of alms food, dedicated for their ancestors, where ever they might be and to support a long lasting of different beggars, so that they might meet each other possible and hear the Dhamma.



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Re: Sharing merits via "With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 11:03:05 pm »
"With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
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A short story consisting of only the happy end:

"Empty of everything and nothing."

Feel free to add it to any fabrication your currently obsessed with. It's both, a happy end that matches all fabrications and a story in itself. Boundless merits, so to say. :fu:  :teehee:

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Re: Sharing merits via "With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 11:46:46 pm »
Yes, there was a monk at Buddhas time, who walked through the forest, saying constantly, "What a bliss! What a bliss!". The other monks accused him of having fallen to "the left" and approched the Buddha, how explained and confirmed that he is awakened. One might find the story of merits, the sharing of merits, this "tiny" story of metta in the Theragata, if my person remembers right.
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Re: Sharing merits via "With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2017, 02:26:31 am »
"With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"

Possibility to share your merits and rejoice about the merits of others via Bhante Subhūti website.

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Hi Samana Johann,

I would have though what you describe here as examples of dana. Which to me begs the question, what is the difference between dana and metta?

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Re: Sharing merits via "With Metta - send in your own happiness stories"
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2017, 03:19:42 am »
Nyom Francis, Dana, in the context it is used by the Buddha, is giving outwardly, physical possession, things which one regards as own, being conventional ones own, to others. While metta, goodwill, is a mental giving. If a gift is given with boundless and perfect metta, it is called the gift of a Noble One. Therefore, and beyond:

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Iti 100

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "I am a brahman, responsive to requests, open-handed, bearing my last body, an unsurpassed doctor & surgeon. You are my children, my sons, born from my mouth, born of the Dhamma, created by the Dhamma, heirs to the Dhamma, not heirs in material things.

"There are these two kinds of gifts: a gift of material things & a gift of the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: a gift of the Dhamma.

"There are these two kinds of sharing: sharing of material things & sharing of the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: sharing of the Dhamma.

"There are these two kinds of assistance: assistance with material things & assistance with the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: help with the Dhamma.

"There are these two kinds of mass-donations: a mass-donation of material things & a mass-donation of the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: a mass-donation of the Dhamma."


He who, unstinting,
made the mass-donation of Dhamma,
the Tathagata,
sympathetic to all beings:
   to one of that sort
— the best of beings, human & divine —
living beings pay homage —
   to one gone
   to the beyond
   of becoming.


To reach perfect metta is of course not possible it not having given (up) material thing and still cling on it, as well as mental possessions, not even possible to reach Jhana, path or stream. See maccariya.

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Stinginess as to one's monastery [lodgings], stinginess as to one's family [of supporters], stinginess as to one's gains, stinginess as to one's status, and ingratitude, stinginess as to the Dhamma. (e.g. for example stories of metta, not to speak if even asked or possessing, able to give)


Dana/giving things, can be made even without metta (goodwill). Metta (goodwill in the context of right resolve) can not be developed if not giving things (up) fist, is not really present when holding on things.

Maybe useful in addition:

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from "Ten Ways of Making Merits"

In the Suttas, there are only ‘three ways of making merit’ explicitly mentioned by the Buddha, namely, 1. Giving (dāna-mayaŋ puñña-kiriya-vatthu), 2. Moral conduct (sīlamayaŋ puñña-kiriya-vatthu) and 3. Meditation (bhāvana-mayaŋ puñña-kiriya-vatthu)

The other seven ways are also mentioned in the Suttas but not explicitly. An example would be the following stanza in a Sutta in the Aṅguttara-nikāya:

‘When gifts are given to noble,
Upright and equi-poised persons,
The merit thus acquired is pure,
And abundant alike.
And they who rejoice in it (anumodanti, by exclaiming “Sādhu!”),
Or render their service (veyyāvacca) there,
They also receive that merit (puñña),
And their merit is in no way smaller.’[18]

Thus the seven ways of making merit, such as ‘rejoicing in other’s merit’ (abbhanumodana) or service (veyyāvacca) etc., should be understood as being included in the above three. They are judiciously highlighted by the commentaries in this way:

In 1. Giving (dāna) is included:
6. Transference of merit, and 7. Rejoicing in other’s merit.
In 2. Moral conduct (sīla) is included:
4. Reverence, and 5. Service.
In 3. Meditation (bhāvana) is included:
8. Expounding the Dhamma, and 9. Listening to the Dhamma.
Correcting one’s view (10)
, however, is included in all three (1,2,3).
Thus the ways of making merit in brief are three and in detail ten.

‘Let therefore a man (advises the Buddha) train himself in merit-making that yields long-lasting happiness. Let him cultivate the practice of giving, virtuous conduct and a mind of mettā. By cultivating these qualities the wise man arrives in untroubled and happy states. Hence, do not fear merit-making. ‘Merit-making’ is a term denoting happiness, what is desirable, pleasant, dear and charming.’


In regarding if the receiver here is a Noble One, if he maintains the place for food to be and become with it, my person does not know for sure, and a big amout of the quality of ones merits, is of course ones mental focus whom he/she gives. So probably best if mind directing to the Sangha of Buddhas Noble monastic deciples, and declaring such, would be good.

Or someting like this:

May Venerable Sir/Lady accept this offering of food (or what ever) of mine, and may this be a support for the highest and most compassionate goal he/she strives for and has left home; to become another Arahat soon if not yet, have long live, honor, well-being and strengh, so that he might be an unexcelled field of merits for many, for a long time.

or this:

Īdaṃ vo dānaṃ ñātīnaṃ hotu sukhitā hontu ñātayo!

May this sacrifies be for (my) relatives, may (my) relatives develope happiness with it!
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