Dictionary of Key Spiritual Terms

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See also merit
  1. las/ 

    [lit. work, deed, act]

    Biblical: good works, virtuous acts (more properly, dge ba'i las/ ): las kyi sgo nas rnam dag tu gyur pa/  justified by works (Rom. 4:2), las la mi rten par bos pa la rten pa/  not by works but by him who calls (Rom. 9:11,12), thugs rjes yin pas las kyis min/  if by grace, then it is no longer by works (Rom. 11:6), sus kyang ngom pa mi byed phyir las kyi sgo nas kyang min no/  not by works, so that no one can boast (Eph. 2:9), dad pa'ang las dang bral na ro 'dra yin/  so too, faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:17).

    Buddhist: works of virtue or dge ba'i las/  are the means of acquiring merit in Bsm: bde ba'i rgyu dkar po dge ba'i las dang /,,sdug bsngal gyi rgyu nag po mi dge ba'i las/  the white action of virtue, the cause of happiness, and the black action of non-virtue, the cause of misery (TRC 242); see merit.

  2. bya ba/ 

    Biblical: actions, deeds: dkon mchog gyi bya ba/  the works God requires (Jn. 6:28).