ItivuttakaItv 60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta
Grounds for Making Merits

The Buddha explains the three grounds for making merit.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, there are three grounds for making merit. What three? Giving as a ground for making merit, virtue as a ground for making merit, and meditation as a ground for making merit. Monks, these are the three grounds for making merit.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

One should train in practicing meritorious acts
that will result in future happiness.
One should practice giving
and follow righteous living.
One should develop a mind of loving kindness.

By cultivating these three things
that bring about happiness,
the wise person is reborn
in an untroubled, happy world.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta: Grounds for Making Merits

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