Transferring Merits

By Bhante Sumitta |

Following every meritorious act, the Buddhist community have a good habit of sharing the merits with all sentient beings including men & women, children & elders, humans & non-humans, Devas-Brahmas & all sentient beings. They even transfer merits to all the Departed Ones. This way not only they themselves feel blessed and comfortable but also all the other sentient beings are benefitted with many different ways. This is such a noble act by the Buddhist community to be grateful and thankful to their departed ones. It is a wonderful sense of gesture when they think of Brahmas & Devas with respect and appreciation and share the merits they accrue. It is even more amazing when they think of their Departed Ones with a sense of gratitude & thankfulness. You can always use these Pali stanzas and their meanings following your Dāna (Generosity), Sīla (Morality), Bhāvanā (Meditation) activities.

Transferring Merits to Devas & Others Beings |

Ettāvatā ca amhehi

Sambhataṃ puñña sampadaṃ

Sabbe devā anumodantu

Sabba-sampatti-siddhiyā

(For the sake of all attainment & success, may all spirit beings rejoice in the extent to which we have gathered a consummation of merit.)

 

Ettāvatā ca amhehi

Sambhataṃ puñña sampadaṃ

Sabbe bhūtā anumodantu

Sabba-sampatti-siddhiyā

(For the sake of all attainment & success, may all heavenly beings rejoice in the extent to which we have gathered a consummation of merit.)

Ettāvatā ca amhehi

Sambhataṃ puñña sampadaṃ

Sabbe sattā anumodantu

Sabba-sampatti-siddhiyā

(For the sake of all attainment & success, may all sentient beings rejoice in the extent to which we have gathered a consummation of merit.)

Transferring Merits to Departed Ones |

Idaṃ me ñātinaṃ hotu

Sukhitā hontu ñātayo.

(May all departed ones receive this merit, share this merit and be well and happy and healthy whereever they are!)

Aspiration for Kalyānamitta friends |

Iminā puñña-kammena 

Mā me bāla-samāgamo 

Sataṃ samāgamo hotu 

Yāva Nibbāna-pattiyā.

(By means of this meritorious deed  – May I never join with the foolish. May I join always with the wise  – Until the time I attain Nibbana.)

Aspiration for Nibbāna |

Idaṃ me puññaṃ

Āsavakkhayā vahaṃ hotu

Sabba dukkhā pamuñcatu

Sabba bhayā pamuñcatu

Sabba rogā pamuñcatu!

(By the power of this merit, may I be led to the path of of the cessation of all cankers! may I be released from all fears! may I be released from all diseases!)  

Blessing to All |

Sabbītiyo vivajjantu

Sabbarogo vinassatu

Mā te bhavatvantarāyo

Sukhī dīghāyuko bhava!

(May you avoid all calamities and may all disease be destroyed, may there be no obstacles for you, may you be happy and live long!)

Bhavatu sabbamaṅgalaṃ,

Rakkhantu sabbadevatā, 

Sabba Buddhānubhāvena 

Sadā sotthī bhavantu te!

(May there be every blessing, and may all of the gods protect you, by the power of all the Buddhas may you be safe forever!)

Bhavatu sabbamaṅgalaṃ,

Rakkhantu sabbadevatā, 

Sabba dhamānubhāvena 

Sadā sotthī bhavantu te!

(May there be every blessing, and may all of the gods protect you, by the power of all the Dhammas may you be safe forever!)

Bhavatu sabbamaṅgalaṃ,

Rakkhantu sabbadevatā, 

Sabba sanghānubhāvena 

Sadā sotthī bhavantu te!

(May there be every blessing, and may all of the gods protect you, by the power of all the Sangha may you be safe forever!)

Abhivādanasīlissa

Niccaṃ vuddhāpacāyino

Cattāro dhammā vaddhanti

Āyu vaṇṇo sukhaṃ balaṃ

(For somebody, who is showing respect to those of virtuous character, who is always paying homage to the venerable ones, four things grow for him: life-span, beauty of complexion, happiness, strength.)

Āyurārogya sampatti

Sagga sampatti meva ca

Ato nibbāna sampatti

Iminā te samijjhatu!

(By the power of this  the four dhammas – life, complexion, comfort and strength will be developed  to the one who is constantly respectful to the to elders and worthy ones!) 

A Simple Mantra to practice Loving Kindness |

May I be well, happy & healthy!

May you be well, happy & healthy!

May all sentient beings be well, happy & healthy!

–Mettā Bhāvanā

Following every meritorious act, the Buddhist community have a good habit of sharing the merits with all sentient beings including men & women, children & elders, humans & non-humans, Devas-Brahmas & all sentient beings. They even transfer merits to all the Departed Ones. This way not only they themselves feel blessed and comfortable but also all the other sentient beings are benefitted with many different ways. This is such a noble act by the Buddhist community to be grateful and thankful to their departed ones. It is a wonderful sense of gesture when they think of Brahmas & Devas with respect and appreciation and share the merits they accrue. It is even more amazing when they think of their Departed Ones with a sense of gratitude & thankfulness. You can always use these Pali stanzas and their meanings following your Dāna (Generosity), Sīla (Morality), Bhāvanā (Meditation) activities.

Meritorious Acts You Should Consider When Sharing Merits |

  • Dāna – Generosity
  • Sīla – Morality
  • Bhāvanā – Generosity
  • Any other charity or meritorious activity.

This sense of gratitude and thankfulness bring peace, happiness and good health to both oneself and others. Everyone is happy to be blessed by others. Brahmas, Devas & Departed Ones can be happy by seeing your act of kindness & generosity and in return they will also bless you and protect you.

Watch this video for more info on how to share merits |

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