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Bonanza of merit: factors endowed by donors and recipients.

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  • Antony Woods
    Veneration to the Most Exalted, the Purified, the Supremely Enlightened Buddha. And how is a donation endowed with six factors? There is the case where the
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      Veneration to the Most Exalted, the Purified, the Supremely Enlightened
      Buddha.

      "And how is a donation endowed with six factors? There is the case where the
      donor has three factors and the recipients have three.

      And which are the donor's three factors?

      1. There is the case where the donor, before giving, is happy.

      2. While giving his/her mind is clear & confident.

      3. After giving, he/she is gratified.

      These are the donor's three factors.

      And which are the recipients' three factors?

      There is the case where the recipients are free from passion or are
      practicing: 1. for the subduing of passion;

      2. they are free of aversion or are practicing for the subduing of aversion;

      3. they are free of delusion or are practicing for the subduing of delusion.

      These are the recipients' three factors... Now, it is not easy to take the
      measure of the merit of a donation thus endowed with six factors as 'just
      this much bonanza of merit, bonanza of skillfulness, nourishment of bliss,
      heavenly, ripening in bliss leading to heaven, leading to what is agreeable,
      pleasing, charming, happy, & beneficial.' It is reckoned simply as a great
      mass of merit that is unreckonable, immeasurable.

      "Just as it is not easy to take the measure of the water in the great ocean
      as 'just this many pails of water or hundreds of pails of water or thousands
      of pails of water or hundreds of thousands of pails of water.' It is
      reckoned simply as a great mass of water that is unreckonable, immeasurable.
      In the same way, it is not easy to take the measure of the merit of a
      donation thus endowed with six factors as 'just this much bonanza of merit,
      bonanza of skillfulness, nourishment of bliss, heavenly, ripening in bliss
      leading to heaven, leading to what is agreeable, pleasing, charming, happy,
      & beneficial.' It is reckoned simply as a great mass of merit that is
      unreckonable, immeasurable."
      [AN VI.37]
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/merit.html#dana
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