Snp 2.4 Maha Mangala Sutta: Discourse on Blessings

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Evaṁ me sutaṁ. Ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Sāvatthiyaṁ viharati Jetavane Anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme. Atha kho aññatarā devatā abhikkantāya rattiyā abhikkantavaṇṇā kevalakappaṁ Jetavanaṁ obhāsetvā yena Bhagavā tenupasaṅkami. Upasaṅkamitvā Bhagavantaṁ abhivādetvā ekamantaṁ aṭṭhāsi. Ekamantaṁ ṭhitā kho sā devatā Bhagavantaṁ gāthāya ajjhabhāsi.

Thus have I heard: On one occasion, the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi at Jetavana at Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. Now when the night was far advanced, a certain deity, whose surpassing radiance illuminated the whole of Jetavana, approached the Blessed One, respectfully saluted him and stood to one side. Standing thus, he addressed the Blessed One in verse:

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SN 10:12 Ālavaka Suttaṁ: Discourse to Ālavaka the Demon

Evaṁ me sutaṁ. Ekaṁ Samayaṁ Bhagavā Ālaviyaṁ viharati Ālavakassa yakkhassa bhavane. Atha kho Ālavako yakkho yena Bhagavā tenupasaṅkami. Upasaṅkamitvā Bhagavāntaṁ etada’voca.
Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Ālavi, in the abode of the demon Ālavaka. At that time, the demon Ālavaka approached the Blessed One, and on arrival, said to the Blessed One:

Nikkhama samaṇā’ti. Sādhā’vuso’ti Bhagavā nikkhami.
“Get out, you recluse.” Saying, “Very well, friend,” the Blessed One went out.

Pavisa samaṇā’ti. Sādhā’vuso’ti Bhagavā pāvisi.
“Come in, you recluse.” Saying, “Very well, friend,” the Blessed One went in.

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Paticca Samuppada Samudayo and Nirodho, Arising and Cessation of Causality

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Avijjā paccayā saṅkhārā. Saṅkhāra paccayā viññāṇaṁ. Viññāṇa paccayā nāmarūpaṁ. Nāma rūpa paccayā saḷāyatanaṁ. Saḷāyatana paccayā phasso. Phassa paccayā vedanā. Vedanā paccayā taṇhā. Taṇhā paccayā upādānaṁ. Upādāna paccayā bhavo. Bhava paccayā jāti. Jāti paccayā jarā maraṇaṁ soka parideva dukkha domanassupāyāsā sambhavanti. Evametassa kevalassa dukkhakhandassa samudayo hoti.
Dependent on ignorance, arises formations.
Dependent on formations, arises consciousness.
Dependent on consciousness, arises mentality-materiality.
Dependent on mentality-materiality, arise the six-sense bases.
Dependent on the six-sense bases, arises contact.
Dependent on contact, arises feeling.
Dependent on feeling, arises craving.
Dependent on craving, arises clinging.
Dependent on clinging, / arises the arranging of kamma.
Dependent on the arranging of kamma, / arises birth.
Dependent on birth, arises aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, / pain, grief and despair.
Thus, there is the arising of this whole mass of suffering.

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Angulimala Paritta

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Parittaṁ yaṁ bhaṇantassa – nisinnaṭṭhāna dhovanaṁ
Udaka’mpi vināseti – sabbameva parissayaṁ
Sotthinā gabbha vuṭṭhānaṁ – yañ ca sādheti taṁ khaṇe
Therassaṅgulimālassa – lokanāthena bhāsitaṁ
Kappaṭṭhāyiṁ mahātejaṁ – parittaṁ taṁ bhaṇāmahe

Even the water that is used to wash / the seat which Arahant Aṅgulimāla sat on / and recited this paritta, / that water can end all sufferings. If a pregnant mother suffers from any pain, / she will be well and be strong enough / to stand instantly. Now we shall recite that very powerful paritta / taught by the Buddha, / to Arahant Aṅgulimāla / which will hold its power for an aeon.

Yato’haṁ bhagini, ariyāya jātiya jāto nā’bhijānāmi saṁcicca pāṇaṁ jīvitā voropetā, tena saccena sotthi te hotu, sotthi gabbhassā’ti.
“Sister, from the day I was born / in the Noble Birth / which leads to supreme Nibbāna, / from that day on / I am not aware of myself / killing any living beings deliberately. By this truth / may you be well! / May the delivery of your child / be peaceful!”

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu!
By this truth, may there be well-being!

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Translation from The Mahamevnawa Pali English Paritta Chanting Book.

Maranasati: Verses of Mindfulness of Death

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These are traditional verses that can be recited as a meditation.

1. Pavāta dīpa tulyāya – sāyu santatiyākkhayaṁ
Parūpamāya samphassaṁ – bhāvaye maraṇassatiṁ

Life passes towards its end like the flame of a lamp goes out by the wind. Seeing how others die applying it to one’s own life, one should develop mindfullness of death.

2. Mahāsampatti sampattā – yathā sattā matā idha
Tathā ahaṁ marissāmi – maraṇaṁ mama hessati

Just as beings that once enjoyed great prosperity are now dead, even so one day I too will die. Death will indeed come to me.

3. Uppattiyā saheveḍaṁ – maraṇaṁ āgataṁ sadā
Māraṇatthāya okāsaṁ – vadhako viya esati

Death has followed each and every birth. Therefore, like an executioner, death always seeks an opportunity to destroy my life.

4. Īsakaṁ anivattaṁ taṁ – satataṁ gamanussukaṁ
Jīvitaṁ udayā atthaṁ – suriyo viya dhāvati

Life, without stopping a moment, ever keen on moving, runs on towards death like the sun that travels to set without stopping after it rises.

5. Vijju bubbula ussāva – jalarāji parikkhayaṁ
Ghātako’va ripūtassa – sabbatthā’pi avāriyo

This life comes to an end like a streak of lightning, a bubble of water, a dew drop on a leaf, or a line drawn on water. Like an enemy, death chases after one constantly. Death can never be avoided by any means.

6. Suyasatthāma puññiddhi – buddhi vuddhe jinaddvyaṁ
Ghātesi maraṇaṁ khippaṁ – kā tu mādisake kathā

If death could come in an instant, even to Supreme Buddhas, private Buddhas, and arahants endowed with great glory, prowess, merit, supernormal powers and wisdom, what could be said of me?

7. Paccayāna’ñca vekalyā – bāhirajjhattu paddavā
Marāmoraṁ nimesā’pi – maramāno anukkhaṇa’nti.

Due to the change of supporting factors, constant injuries arising internally and externally the life heads towards death changing every instant. Death will come one in the twinkling of an eye.

Etena saccena suvatthi hotu!
By this truth, may there be well-being!

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Translation from The Mahamevnawa Pali English Paritta Chanting Book.

SN 2:10 Suriya Paritta, Discourse Given to the Sun Deity

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Evaṁ me sutaṁ. Ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Sāvatthiyaṁ viharati Jetavane Anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme. Tena kho pana samayena Suriyo devaputto Rāhunā asurindena gahito hoti. Atha kho Suriyo devaputto Bhagavantaṁ anussaramāno tāyaṁ velāyaṁ imaṁ gāthaṁ abhāsi.
Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi, at Jetavana, at Anāthapiņḍika’s monastery. At that time Sūriya, the sun deity, was captured by Rāhu, one of the kings of the Asuras. Thereupon calling to mind the Blessed One, Sūriya, the sun deity, recited this stanza:

Namo te Buddha vīra’tthu – Vippamutto’si sabbadhi
Sambādhapaṭipanno’smi – Tassa me saraṇaṁ bhavā’ti.

Oh Buddha, the Hero I pay homage to you. You are completely free from all suffering. I have fallen into trouble. Please be my refuge and help me.

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SN 2:9 Canda Paritta, Discourse Given to the Moon Deity

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Evaṁ me sutaṁ. Ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Sāvatthiyaṁ viharati Jetavane Anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme. Tena kho pana samayena Candimā devaputto Rāhunā asurindena gahito hoti. Atha kho Candimā devaputto Bhagavantaṁ anussaramāno tāyaṁ velāyaṁ imaṁ gāthaṁ abhāsi.
Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living in Sāvatthi, at Jetavana, at Anāthapiņḍika’s monastery. At that time Candima, the moon deity, was captured by Rāhu, one of the kings of the Asurās. Thereupon, calling to mind the Blessed One, Candima, the moon deity, recited this stanza:

Namo te Buddha vīra’tthu – Vippamutto’si sabbadhi
Sambādhapaṭipanno’smi – Tassa me saraṇaṁ bhavā’ti

Oh Buddha, the Hero, I pay homage to you. You are completely free from all suffering. I have fallen into trouble. Please be my refuge and help me.

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SN 46:14 Maha Kassapatthera Bojjhanga Sutta, Discourse on Enlightenment Factors Preached to Arahant Kassapa

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Evaṁ me sutaṁ. Ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Rājagahe viharati veḷuvane Kalandakanivāpe. Tena kho pana samayena āyasmā Mahākassapo Pipphaliguhāyaṁ viharati ābādhiko dukkhito bāḷhagilāno.
Thus have I heard: On one occasion the Blessed One was living in the city of Rājagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, in the Squirrels’ Feeding Ground. At that time the Venerable Mahā Kassapa who was living in the Pipphali Cave, was afflicted with a disease, was suffering physically, and was gravely ill.

Atha kho Bhagavā sāyanhasamayaṁ paṭisallānā vuṭṭhito yenāyasmā Mahākassapo tenupasaṅkami. Upasaṅkamitvā paññatte āsane nisīdi. Nisajja kho Bhagavā āyasmantaṁ Mahākassapaṁ etadavoca.
Then, the Blessed One arising from his meditation in the evening, visited the Venerable Mahā Kassapa and sat down on the seat made ready for him. Thus seated, the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Mahā Kassapa:

Kacci te Kassapa khamanīyaṁ? Kacci yāpanīyaṁ? Kacci dukkhā vedanā paṭikkamanti no abhikkamanti? Paṭikkamosānaṁ paññāyati no abhikkamo? ’ti.
Well Kassapa, how is it with you? Are you bearing up, are you enduring your bodily suffering? Do your pains decrease or increase? Are there signs of your pains decreasing and not increasing?

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