At the start of chapter 10, Rinpoche explains what dedication is, why we do it and what the differences are between dedicating the merit, reciting wishing prayers and making aspirations and commitments. In Buddhism dedication is described as polishing the diamond, it is a way of enhancing the value and sharing the benefit of a positive action with others. If we don’t dedicate––whether it is our practice or something else, it is similar to leaving the door of the treasury open, allowing the jewels to be stolen. So when we dedicate, we accumulate virtue through our positive deeds using skilful means and we share the merit of our positive deeds for the benefit of everyone. Sealing each positive act with a prayer for the long term happiness of all beings is central to the development of the second accumulation, the Paramita of Wisdom. If this is not done, any negative act will override and negate the positive, the treasury will remain empty.
However although the teachings thus far have brought us to an understanding of the emptiness of phenomena, if the illusory appearances of subject, object and action (the three circles) are acknowledged and we dedicate with that understanding, our dedication will be perfect.
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