The practice of merit sharing existed at the time of the Buddha. While the Buddha encouraged his followers to make merits for themselves through their wholesome actions, he also encouraged them to share their merits with others such as their parents if they are no longer around. But one may ask, since our kamma is a result of our own actions, how does the sharing of merit work to improve the wellbeing and happiness of those with whom we share our merits? Under what conditions can they receive the merits we share? Would it be a wasted effort if they could not receive the merit? These questions and more are discussed in this Dhamma talk on the practice of merit sharing.
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