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Doing good to the highest level can help the ancestors of seven generations to be promoted and supported by the gods; Accumulating blessings to the maximum extent can make floods, fires and fires innocuous.

>>Buddhist stories of the Buddha’s time in the world

Once upon a time in the life of the Buddha Kassapa, there were two brothers in the other family who both left home as monastics. The older brother kept the precepts to meditate, wholeheartedly sought the Way, but did not practice giving. The younger brother diligently cultivates blessings but often breaks the precepts.

If you only cultivate merit but do not cultivate wisdom, every time you enjoy a blessing, that cause will create more bad karma. If you only cultivate wisdom but do not cultivate blessings, you are afraid that in the next life your blessings will be thin, and your life will have to endure many difficulties and deprivations.

Later, when Shakyamuni Buddha became a Buddha, his brother attained Arahantship, but because he had never cultivated merit, he was often hungry and could not eat. The younger brother often broke the precepts, so he had to be born as an elephant. However, due to the fact that in the previous life, he often practiced blessings, so although he was born in an animal species, he was loved by the king, often having his body full of jeweled necklaces, giving food to hundreds of households, often abundant food. . That is why it is said: “Cultivating merit does not cultivate wisdom, an elephant’s body carries a chain of pearls. Cultivating wisdom does not cultivate merit, Arhats often go hungry.”

Only the Buddha is known as the Two-Faced One, because both his blessings and wisdom are complete.

Doing good is the foundation of the cultivation of merit, and the merit obtained is the inspiration from doing good.

Doing good is the foundation of the cultivation of merit, and the merit obtained is the inspiration from doing good.

O selfish greedy person, gold and silver treasures, houses and fields… these are things that others can rob, which we cannot take with us when we die. Learning erudition, outstanding talent, and virtue must come first, these are things that others cannot rob, but we cannot take with us when we die.

As for the things that we can take with us when we die, but others can’t take them, it’s nothing but the good deeds done and the merits created.

Doing good to the highest level can help the ancestors of seven generations to be promoted and supported by the gods; Accumulating blessings to the maximum extent can make floods, fires and fires innocuous.

“Practicing blessings does not cultivate wisdom, elephants’ bodies carry a chain of pearls. Cultivating wisdom does not cultivate merit, Arhats often go hungry.”

Doing good is the foundation of the cultivation of merit, and the merit obtained is the inspiration from doing good. If you only cultivate merit but do not cultivate wisdom, every time you enjoy a blessing, that cause will create more bad karma. If you only cultivate wisdom but do not cultivate blessings, you are afraid that in the next life your blessings will be thin, and your life will have to endure many difficulties and deprivations.

Quote from An Si Full Letter – Advise People to Believe in Cause and Effect

Original Chinese Literature: Tone Quality Van Quang Nghia

Author: Zhou An Si

Vietnamese translation and annotation: Nguyen Minh Tien

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