佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - What does it mean by merit and virtue not ever going to waste?
What does it mean by merit and virtue not ever going to waste?

 

Merit and virtue not ever going to waste, gong bu tang yuan in Chinese

transliteration, comes from Chapter on the Universal Gate. Tang yuan

denotes being squandered, and gong bu tang yuan, merit and virtue not

On expounding the meanings of names and appearances

being squandered but blessedness earned. In other words, virtuous

cause begets virtuous fruit and virtue begets like retribution.