We will consider "Merit". Looking into the Lotus Sutra we will explore merit's meaning, how its helpful to us here and now, and how it is shared with others.
As Thich Nhat Hanh explains merit, "Merit is a kind of spiritual energy that can be accumulated when we maintain a steady practice. This energy protects us and brings us joy and insight. Our practice helps us see, hear, and understand this clearly, and we can be present in a very deep way. Putting its teachings into practice confer great spiritual benefit because our faith and practice plant very good seeds in our store consciousness (alaya vijnana). Thanks to these good seeds, in the future we will be able to realize the fruits of our practice.”
May the merit of our practice benefit all beings and bring peace. See you Monday.