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Ledger of Merit and Demerit (I) Merit Ledger (50 items) 100 merits: –Rescuing a person from death –preserving a woman ’ s chastity –Preventing someone.

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1 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (I) Merit Ledger (50 items) 100 merits: –Rescuing a person from death –preserving a woman ’ s chastity –Preventing someone from drowning a child or from having an abortion Demerit Ledger (50 deeds) 100 demerits: –Causing a person to die –Making a woman lose her chastity –Urging someone to drown a child or to have an abortion

2 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (II) 50 merits: –Arranging for the adopting of an heir –Raising an orphan –Burying someone who has no one to care for his or her remains –Preventing a person from becoming a vagabond 50 demerits: –Cutting off a family ’ s line of succession –Preventing a marriage –Abandoning an unburied corpse –Causing a person to become a vagrant

3 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (III) 30 merits: –Helping a person to dedicate himself to Buddha (I.e., to become a monk) –Urging a person who follows evil ways to change his or her conduct –Saving a person from oppression –Offering land for the burial of a person who has no one to care for his or her remains 30 demerits: –Destroying a person ’ s resolve not to do evil –Making up slanders about a person –Revealing a secret entrusted to you, one that ruins a business deal

4 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (IV) 10 merits: –Recommending a virtuous man –Removing a cause of harm to the people –Compiling a scripture that will aid the people –Using your skill to cure a serious illness 10 demerits: –Ostracizing a virtuous person –Recommending a evil man for employment –Having contact with a woman who has lost her chastity –Keeping a weapon that can kill

5 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (V) 5 merits: –Urging the cessation of a court case –Transmitting to a person a method for improving his life –Compiling a book that will tell people how to preserve or improve their lives –Using your skill to cure a mild illness –Saving the life of a creature capable of repaying human kindness 5 demerits: –Destroying a scripture that would improve morals –Compiling a work injurious to the people –Unjustly allowing a person falsely accused of a crime to be thought a criminal –Refusing to aid a sick person who is seeking relief –Urging a person to start litigation –Creating slanders about and a bad name for a person; harming a person through slander …

6 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (VI) 3 merits: –Accepting a wrong to yourself without anger –Bearing slander without complaint –Accepting an unpleasant truth –Preventing the beating of a person who deserves it –Saving the life of a creature tat does not have the power to repay human kindness 3 demerits: –Getting angry when you hear an unpleasant truth –Reversing the order of high and low, old and young –Harming someone when you are drunk –Beating a person who does not deserve it –Sowing discord among people by telling lines –Wearing clothing that is inappropriate for you position –Killing an animal not capable of repaying human kindness

7 Ledger of Merit and Demerit (VII) 1 merit: –Praising a person ’ s goodness –Concealing a person ’ s evil deed –Preventing a person from doing evil in one instance –Preserving a person from fighting –Helping to relieve a person ’ s illness –Collating and editing a moral work left after a person ’ s death (1 merit for every 1,000 characters) –Refusing an invitation to a feast or drinking party –Rescuing a person from hunger –Giving a person shelter for the night …. 1 demerit –Wasting food that someone else could be eating –Destroying another ’ s success –Ignoring the good of people in making a profit –Using other people ’ s money wastefully –Neglecting to pay debts –Embezzling an inheritance –Extorting money with the excuse that you need it for public welfare –Intriguing ti get people ’ s money, possessions, labor, and so forth for yourself


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