- Venerable Bhikkhu,
I am confused regarding the transferral of merit: in
Thailand (and other Theravadin countries?) it is believed that when
someone does something meritorious, such as ordain as a monk, one
may 'transfer' the merit of this action to other people, in practice, often
one's parents. Firstly, if one is responsible for one's own kamma & its
vipaka, how can the results of one's actions be 'transferred' from oneself
to another being? (Also, If they have not enacted the kamma themselves,
how can they benefit from it?) Another question concerning the transfferal
of merit is if one can transffer 'good' kamma to another being, why not
transfer 'bad' kamma, such as the results of being a murderer? Surely, if
such transferrals are possible, it works both ways?
Thank you for your attention, Gary Daubney.