After practising, we accumulate merit and we should dedicate this merit. This teaching explains how to do perfect dedication. Without dedication, even if you have accumulated merits for thousands of aeons, all of the merits may be destroyed by a single negative thought. Merit is like a drop of water. If you put it on a dry ground, it will evaporate in a short period of time. If you do dedication, it will be like putting the drop of water in an ocean, the drop of water will last as long as the ocean is still around. Only if we dedicate merit, can the merit last. So dedication is very important. How should we do dedication? We should dedicate all the past, present and future merits of ourselves, all sentient beings, all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as the source of all good deeds, our Buddha nature. This is the special method of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the Drikung Kagyud lineage. Why should we dedicate future merit? We may forget to dedicate merits in future when we have done good deeds, so we dedicate merit now for those circumstances. Dedicating future merits will also make it easier for us to accumulate merit in the future.
Primoridal merit is the merit of our natural self or our Buddha nature. Our original mind or self is kind and pure in nature. There are many people who are without religion but are naturally compassionate and kind. Why? Because their nature itself is good and kind. Even for animals, you can see how good they are to their children, they also possess compassion. We survive in this world through compassion, kindness and care given by our mother. We can see that the real nature of sentient beings is compassion. This strong and powerful compassion, is the seed of all merits. We should dedicate this.
For any deeds that we perform, whether it is Dharma-related or not, we need these 3 excellences. Pure motivation, perfect way to practice and perfect dedication. It applies to every practice and is very much essential and necessary.