Doing Limitless Good Deeds

“Those who do good deeds do not center their mind on whether they are doing for themselves or for others. Instead they do anything that is necessary and can be beneficial for people.

If you are so used to doing created actions and looking at things from the created point of view, it might be so difficult for you to understand and appreciate my actions.

You will understand my actions and endeavours only if you try them out by yourself.

Once you carry out good deeds continuously and diligently, you will be able to experience the merit and energy (power) which you have never experienced before. Due to these accumulated merits and energy, you will be able to do even greater and continuous good deeds. It is very important for you to have courage and desire to start doing good deeds.

– Sayadaw U Ottamasara –

Myanmar village dana under the tree

From my own experience, people who meditate at the present time need to do more and more good deeds, as much as they can do. Meditation only is not enough. Because the habit of grasping here is very strong. If they listen to the sound, there is a lot of attachment to the sound. If they listen to the Dhamma teaching there is also a lot of attachment to the Dhamma teaching.

If they meditate, there is grasping to the practice of meditation. This is why they need to do good deeds, because they need to abandon more and more. Because the abandoning habit is not very strong, there is grasping and they dare not to abandon. They do good or bad actions daily but there is grasping: “I did wrong” or “I did right.” In this way, the idea of “I” is very strong at the present time. I practice in order to abandon the idea of “I” or “you,” “male” or “female,” “young” or “old,” “parents” or “children,” not to do with attachment to these opposite situations. The more you pay attention to the sound, the more attachment to the sound. The more you pay attention to male or female, the more there will be attachment to the opposite situations of male or female.

In order to have less attachment to the opposite situations you must practice not to pay attention to these opposite situations: young or old, male or female, wrong or right, doing or not doing. If you pay attention to the precepts, there will be strong attachment to the precepts. If you pay attention to concentration, there will be strong attachment to concentration.

An excerpt from the book “The Practice of Detachment” by Sayadaw U Ottamasara

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