Human Development

Ten meritorious deeds

According to South Asia Buddhist teaching, merit may be achieved through: (1) Giving (dana); (2) Observing moral precepts (sila); (3) Meditation (bhavana); (4) Showing respect to superiors (apacayana); (5) Attending to the needs of superiors (veyyavacca); (6) Transferring merit (pattidana); (7) Rejoicing at the merit of others (pattanumodana); (8) Listening to the dharma (dhammasavana); (9) Preaching the dharma (dharmadesana); (10) Having right beliefs (ditthijjukamma). Acquiring merit is an activity both of lay persons and of monks.