Accumulating Virtues

After perfectly taking the bodhisattva’s vow of moral ethics, accumulate virtues through your body, speech, and mind in order to achieve enlightenment. Briefly, these are called the “accumulation of virtues.”
What are they?
The Bodhisattva Bhumis says:

  • Maintaining and sustaining the bodhisattvas’ morality;
  • joyfully making effort in hearing,
  • contemplating and meditating;
  • performing service for and honoring all the teachers;
  • helping and nursing sick people;
  • giving properly and
  • proclaiming good qualities;
  • rejoicing in others’ merit and patience;
  • having patience when others look down on you;
  • dedicating virtue toward enlightenment and saying aspiration prayers;
  • making offerings to the Triple Gem and
  • making efforts for the virtuous teachings;
  • sustaining introspection;
  • recollecting the bodhisattva’s training;
  • protecting the bodhisattva’s training with vigilant awareness;
  • protecting all the sense-doors and
  • moderately eating food;
  • making effort in meditation practice without sleeping too early in the evening or too late in the morning;
  • attending spiritual masters and authentically holy people;
  • investigating your own mistakes and purifying them

in this way, practicing these good qualities, protecting, and increasing them are called the moral ethics of accumulating virtues.

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of based out of Toronto, Canada.