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D o not commit deeds harmful to the country.




Buddhism 8754 | 
Brahma Net Sutra  







D o not slander the leader of the country.




Buddhism 8753 | 
Brahma Net Sutra  







R ealizing this, the wise perform, as they ought to, meritorious deeds; and by doing so, they attain in their birth skhandhas (aggregates), ayatanas (sphere of meeting or basis of consciousness), and dhatus (elements) of noble nature, and they are pleasing to the eye of those who look at them.




Buddhism 8747 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







A gain, please look at the Mahasattvas present here. How elegant and pure are their magnificent forms! This is due solely to the performance of good deeds.




Buddhism 8746 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







A gain, look at the eight species of devas, nagas, etc. All of them are powerful and influential beings, and their favourite birth is also due to the merit of their good deeds.




Buddhism 8745 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







D ifferent ways of thinking lead sentient beings to different kinds of action which in turn subjects them to rebirth in different states of existence.




Buddhism 8744 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







N ow, why they are called meritorious dharmas? Because they are fundamental religious duties, by practicing which all men, devas, Arhats, Pratyeka Buddhas, and Supremely Enlightened Buddhas attain their respective fruits. Therefore they are called meritorious dharmas.




Buddhism 8743 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







Y our Majesty, you should understand thoroughly the law of cause and effect and as a rule practise good deeds. Make this your constant study and practice and make all sentient beings to do likewise. Towards the Bhikshus (lit. the fields of merit), respect them, feed them, and rejoice at their holiness. For doing so, you are now respected by men and devas who make offering to you.




Buddhism 8742 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







N ow, Your Majesty, when you look at the body of a Buddha begotten by hundred thousand kotis of meritorious and virtuous deeds, you notice that every part of it is in magnificent form. Its splendor outshines that of the assembly . . .




Buddhism 8741 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







Y our Majesty, we should know this. There is one way for the Bodhisattva to annihilate all sufferings of evil existence. What is this one way? It is this; from day to night, remember constantly the meritorious dharmas, think of them and make observations on them, so that their impression becomes stronger and stronger in the mind and not the least evil thought can have a chance to mingle therein. Such a practice will enable one to free oneself for ever from evil deeds, to complete the work of meritorious dharmas and to have frequent opportunities to be in the presence of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other holy persons (for their teaching).




Buddhism 8740 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







N ow, Your Majesty, do you notice the variety of forms, colours and species in this congregation and in the sea? Are they not different from one another? Now, all these variations are due to the mind which is responsible for our bodily, oral, and mental acts of either meritorious or de-meritorious nature.




Buddhism 8739 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







A s to the mind itself, it is immaterial, unknowable, and ungraspable. It is nothing but a collection of phenomena, transient and delusive by nature. Categorically, things have no absolute existence of their own and there is neither a ‘self ’ nor concomitance of a ‘self.’ In accordance with their karma (deeds), things appear in various forms; but positively, there is no creator at the back of them. Hence all dharmas (things or phenomena) are above speech and concept, and their very own nature is phantom-like.




Buddhism 8738 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







T hese ten meritorious deeds will lead us to master completely the Dharmas . . . all men and devas maintain their footing upon these ten meritorious ways which form the principal base of all merits . . . Therefore all of you should practice them diligently.




Buddhism 8737 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







T hese meritorious dharmas are the ten meritorious deeds. What are they? They are:—abstinence forever from killing, stealing, unchaste conduct, lying, slandering, harsh language, frivolous talks, covetousness, anger, and heretical views.




Buddhism 8736 | 
Sutra Spoken by Buddha on the Way of Ten Meritorious Deeds, Tr. Wong Mou-Lam  







T here is no lowliness in this person’s mind and he is not arrogant.




Buddhism 8735 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 43 







F or seeking this Dharma, one should not have a mind of regression and flattery.




Buddhism 8734 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 43 







Y ou should foster the great benefit and wholesomeness for rebirth into the Pure Land.




Buddhism 8733 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 46 







B e filial to the Buddha.




Buddhism 8732 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 46 







B e constantly mindful of the kindness of the teacher.




Buddhism 8731 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 46 







[ It is really a great virtue to] guard your mind, correct your behaviour, and not to commit numerous offenses in this world.




Buddhism 8730 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 35 







I f one can set one’s body upright, then one should correct their mind and match their words with their conduct. Thus, what one does is strictly out of sincerity.




Buddhism 8729 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 35 







D o good deeds and commit no evil offenses.




Buddhism 8728 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 35 







Y our words and conduct should be true and unwavering, and your outside should match up with your inside.




Buddhism 8727 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







Y ou should determine to cleanse the defilement in your mind.




Buddhism 8726 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







W e are now receiving the Buddha’s clear admonitions and we will diligently follow and practice them according to your teachings and will not have any doubt.




Buddhism 8725 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







Y ou should be mindful of the Buddhas and cut off all suspicions.




Buddhism 8724 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







T he proper way should be shown and those who have not yet been delivered should be crossed over.




Buddhism 8723 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







R especting Buddha is a great virtue.




Buddhism 8722 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 34 







Y ou should choose to diligently cultivate good deeds.




Buddhism 8721 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







T hey should use gentle words and amiable facial expressions, and not defy and disobey others.




Buddhism 8720 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







D o not let your mind control you, do not fail in following the teaching of the sutras and precepts.




Buddhism 8719 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







S o why not diligently cultivate good deeds when one is strong and capable. What is there to wait for?




Buddhism 8718 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







P eople in this world, father and son, brother and brother, husband and wife, relatives, should respect and love each other.




Buddhism 8717 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







Y ou should diligently devote yourself to cultivation.




Buddhism 8716 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 33 







Y ou should be self-disciplined and behave in accordance with uprightness and decency. You should be joyous, compassionate and filial.




Buddhism 8715 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 37 







I f what you have done violates the precepts, you should repent immediately.




Buddhism 8714 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 37 







E vil should be shunned and good should be followed. If a fault is discovered in the morning, it should be corrected before sunset.




Buddhism 8713 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 37 







Y ou should correct your past faults and follow present virtues. The foulness in your mind should be cleansed and your conduct should be set straight.




Buddhism 8712 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 37 







Y ou should concentrate on your compassionate conduct and purify yourself by upholding the precepts.




Buddhism 8711 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 37 







R espect the sages and the virtuous.




Buddhism 8710 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 36 







Y our words and expression should be amiable and you should devote yourselves to cultivation. Your action and look should be stable and calm.




Buddhism 8709 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 36 







D o not let desires take control nor commit any offense.




Buddhism 8708 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 36 







Y our body and mind should be kept pure and clean, corresponding with wholesomeness.




Buddhism 8707 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 36 







B e kind and compassionate to others.




Buddhism 8706 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra , Chapter 36 







T hey are self-restrained and upright, and both their body and mind are pure and clean.




Buddhism 8705 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 32 







W henever he has time, he should set his body and mind upright, cut off desire and discard worldly affliction, and have a compassionate heart and cultivate diligently.




Buddhism 8704 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 25 







O ne should be filial, uphold utmost sincerity, and be loyal and trustworthy.




Buddhism 8703 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 25 







O ne should believe that doing good deeds would bring one great benefit.




Buddhism 8702 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 25 







O ne should not be gluttonous or miserly.




Buddhism 8701 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 25 







O ne should not get angry or jealous . . . .




Buddhism 8700 | 
The Infinite Life Sutra, Chapter 25 





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