What is merit ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

From one perspective, merit is “ability”; all the abilities, in fact, that make it possible for us to hear, contemplate, meditate on and practise the dharma, including the ability to feel curious.

These days our merit is so limited that the vast majority of human beings are unable to recognise how special dharma is. Not only do we lack the merit to practise the dharma, we have so little that we can’t even enjoy samsaric life.


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from the book Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices


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