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He will go to hell. These 10 items of meritorious actions can be enlarged into 40 detailed categories. For example, the first action, dana, can be practised as follows: 1. Doing dana personally. 2. Organizing others to do dana. 3. Talking about the merits of dana. The benefits can be seen in this life; in future lives until reaching Nibbāna. 4. Feeling happy to see the dana-acts of others. Admiring that others can share. The benefits of dana are: ! ! ! Longevity in this life, as well as in future existence.

Ordinary forgetfulness It refers to those who are enjoying life; who are absorbed in their daily routines with good food, good cars and happy family lives. People usually are involved with the pleasures of the sensual world, and forget to meditate. This too, is not good. Because of their forgetfulness, they will be in the sea of samsāra for a long time, after his life. They will face the dukkha of old age, the dukkha of sickness, the dukkha of death and the dukkha of rebirth again and again and again.

The first four types of wrongdoing are understood by most Buddhists. The fifth type is malice (pisunavācā). By your speech, if it could cause dissension between friends – that speech is pisunavācā. It is not beneficial at all. Furthermore, so as to create a good impression of yourself, if you speak out and if that speech causes a bad impression of others – that speech would be considered pisunavācā. Even monks have to be careful about it. Monks cannot say, “Only their school is of good sila and high samadhi; others’ schools are not of this standard of sila and samadhi”.

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