Chapter 44: Condensed Merit Energy & Perfection


The Condensed Merit Energy 

(punya dhatu)

(Condensed Merit Element or Mc)

Merit is universal term for people from all walks of life.  However, in Buddhism, merit energy can be earned through the ten meritorious deeds (M) namely (1) giving (2) observing moral precepts (3) practising meditation (4) showing respect & humility (5) extending helpfulness (6) dedicating or sharing merit to others (7) appreciating others’ merit (8) learning the Dharma (9) teaching the Dharma and (10) correcting one’s view & attitude.

As one commits any or all of the ten meritorious deeds, one can earn merit energy filled into one’s mind.  However, merit energy which one can earn from each meritorious deed may differ in quality and quantity depending on various factors of which we express as functions of merit or f (M) where Mc is the volume of condensed merit energy (quality merit) one earns out of the net volume of merit or M (quantity of merit).

Literally speaking, a good quality of merit is earned from dedication which enables one to cultivate one’s virtues well.  Technically, we call this condensed merit which is the merit energy that contains much dhammic essence in concurrent with merit element.  On the contrary, one can also earn abundant merit with different approaches which yield fertile merit fruitions according to the Law of Karma whereby one does not go through much cultivation such as when a wealthy person makes 100 USD donation to a university when comparing to a poor person who also makes 100 USD donation to the same non-profit organisation.  The poor has to sacrifice more in percentile although he donates the same amount as the wealthy person.   Therefore, the superior dedication contributes to much more quality merit where the merit element is more concentrated.

The condensed part of merit energy or Mc occurs from the intensity of thought + speech + action which one has in such meritorious deed.  Moreover, the intensified merit is reinforced by the five essence-catalysts namely wisdom + faith or confidence + perseverance + mindfulness + concentration. 

Then, we come up with an equation of condensed merit energy as follows:

Mc = [f(M)i] ÷ I


Mc = Condensed Merit Energy

f(M) = function of each of the ten meritorious deeds with different variables

i = intensity of thought, speech, and action

I = the five essence-catalysts namely wisdom, faith or confidence, perseverance, mindfulness, and concentration

It is the condensed merit energy (Mc) which leads to the concurrent sedimentation or perfection of merit and crystallisation of virtue (ten parami) which can be rendered further in the Dhammonomic expression as:

Pv = Va √ ([f(M)i] ÷ I) or Pv = Va √Mc


Pv = Any of the ten perfected virtues

Va = 8 = regular commitment

Vb = 4 = living commitment

Vc = 2 = life commitment

Mc = condensed merit energy

i = intensity of thought, speech, and action of meritorious deed

I = the five essence-catalysts namely wisdom, faith, perseverance, mindfulness, and concentration


w or Wisdom Oriented = fw[P(v)] = ∫ from Pt1(v) to Pt20(v)

f or Faith Oriented = ff[P(v)] = ∫ from Pt1(v) to Pt40(v)

p or Perseverance Oriented = fp[P(v)] = ∫ from Pt1(v) to Pt80(v)


t = time of cultivation

Perfection fulfillment based on wisdom = 20.1 eons

Perfection fulfillment based on faith = 40.1 eons

Perfection fulfillment based on perseverance = 80.1 eons


By Pirajak Tisuthiwongse

Dharma Wizard & Dharmonomist

20 July 2021