How To Get Good Results From Doing Merit



By Phra Ajaan Plien Panyapatipo
Translated from Thai by Benja and Wanchai Jeensnga
Wat Aranyawiwake (Baan Pong)
Intakhin, Maetaeng, Chiangmai, Thailand, 1991.
Repinted by Wave, Jan, 1998


 

CONTENTS

BIOGRAPHY
 

HOW TO GET GOOD RESULTS FROM DOING MERIT
ALMS-GIVING IN THE SUTTA
ALMS-GIVING IN THE VINAYA

1. Offering robes or clothes to monks
2. Offering food and drinking stuff to monks
        Problems found in giving alms-food
        Time and kind of food to be presented to monks
        Problems with vegetarianism
        Ten kinds of meat not allowed to be consumed by monks and novices
        Mungsa-u-tis: Food or meat promised in advance
3. Offering lodging facilities to monks
4. Offering alms concerning medicine
 

ALMS IN THE ABHIDHAMMA
INTENTION IN DOING MERIT
1. Bhuppa chetana: the pre-intention
2. Munchana chetana: the intention-in-between
3. Aparapara chetana: the post intention
 

HOW TO PRESENT THINGS TO MONKS PRESENTING FOOD ON THE ALMSROUND THE ALMS, THE MONK AND THE DONOR

Unclean alms, immoral donor with different levels of monks
When we cannot find a perfect monk
Doing merit with the disabled
Doing merit and our intention
 

CAUSES OF FAILURES OF DOING MERIT INCORRECTLY

1. Performing virtue in the wrong place
2. Performing virtue to the wrong person
3. Performing virtue at the wrong time
4. Performing virtue with no follow-up
 

VIRTUE PERFORMING IN A FRUITFUL WAY

1 Virtue performed in the right place
2. Virtue performed for the right person
3. Virtue performed at the right time
        Preparing “nam-pa-na” or fruit juice for the monk
4. Following up one’s virtue
 

ALMS-GIVING NOT BEING CONSIDERED AS DOING MERIT IN BUDDHISM

Donating living animals to the monk
Donating weapons to the monk
Offering animal traps to the monk
Offering a baby-girl to the monk
Teaching art-work to the monk
Offering liquor and addicted drugs
 

FOUR KINDS OF LAYMAN HAPPINESS

1. Bliss of ownership
2. Bliss of enjoyment
3. Bliss of debtlessness
4. Bliss of blamelessness

Doing things without physical fault
Doing things without verbal fault
Doing things without mind fault
 

LEVELS OF ALMS GIVING

1. Dhasa dhana: a slavish alms
2. Sahaya dhana: a friendly alms
3. Samee dhana: a husbandlike alms
 

MERITS FROM ALMS-GIVING
CHANT FOR THE DEDICATION OF MERIT
 



BIOGRAPHY  


Phra Ajaan Plien Panyapatipo was born on November 16, 1933, at Sawang Dandin District, Sakol-nakorn in the Northeast of Thailand. At eleven years old, he finished grade 4, quit the school and helped his parents keep shop.  He wanted to enter priesthood at the age of twelve.  His dream came true in 1959 when he was 25 years old, for he entered the monkhood at Wat Meechai in his hometown.

After the first end of Buddhist Lent, he started his pilgrimage in various parts of Thailand.  He practised Dhamma with a number of famous monks. Those whom he had spent longer time with are Luangpu Phrom Jirapunyo, Luangpu Tes Tesrangsri, Luangpu Tue Ajaladhammo and Luangpu Waen Sujinno.

Phra Ajaan Plien is a monk of highly regarded virtue with a nice and neat manner and full of charitable mind. He is eceptionally capable of preaching Dhamma to both Thais and foreigners.  He has been invited to disseminate Dhamma to various countries in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand.

At present,  Phra Ajaan Plien Panyapatipo is the   abbot of Wat Aranyawiwake (Baan Pong), Maetang District, Chiangmai which is in the north of Thailand. This Wat is a "Wat Paa" or a Wat of forest-dwelling monks.  It is calm and peaceful, hence good for practicing Dhamma. Wat Aranyawiwake welcomes all interested in Dhamma practice.

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