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This discourse is one of the most popular chants done in Theravada Buddhist countries. Many people chant it every day.
It is a list of many different ways the Buddha taught we can collect good karma. You can find this discourse in the Sutta Nipata in the Sutta Pitaka.
You will often hear it if you come to one of our chanting services. Download this text in a sample of the Paritta Chanting Book. See all of the ways to get this Paritta Chanting book. 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:. Many deities and humans longing for happiness have pondered on the questions of blessings. Pray, tell me what are the highest blessings?
Not to associate with the foolish but to associate with the wise and to honor those worthy of honor these are the highest blessings. To reside in a suitable locality to have performed meritorious actions in the past, and to set oneself in the right direction these are the highest blessings. Vast learning, skill in handicraft, well grounded in discipline and pleasant speech these are the highest blessings. Generosity, righteous conduct, giving assistance to relatives, and doing blameless deeds these are the highest blessings.
To cease and abstain from evil, to abstain from intoxicating drinks, and to be diligent in practising the Dhamma these are the highest blessings. Paying reverence to those who are worthy of reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude, and the timely hearing of the Dhamma these are the highest blessings. Patience, obedience, meeting monks and timely discussions on the Dhamma these are the highest blessings. The mind that is not touched by the ups and downs of life; the mind that is free from sorrow, stainless and secure these are the highest blessings.
Those who have achieved these blessings are victorious everywhere, and they succeed in all their goals. For them, these are the highest blessings.
Etena saccena suvatthi hotu! By this truth, may there be well-being! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mangala Sutta. Standing thus, he addressed the Blessed One in verse: 1. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.
Maha Mangala Sutta Explained
Thus have I heard. Standing thus, he addressed the Exalted One in verse:. To reside in a suitable locality,  to have done meritorious actions in the past and to set oneself in the right course  — this is the greatest blessing. To have much learning, to be skillful in handicraft,  well-trained in discipline,  and to be of good speech  — this is the greatest blessing. To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.
This famous text, cherished highly in all Buddhist lands, is a terse but comprehensive summary of Buddhist ethics, individual and social. The thirty-eight blessings enumerated in it, are an unfailing guide on life's journey. Rightly starting with "avoidance of bad company" which is basic to all moral and spiritual progress, the Blessings culminate in the achievement of a passion-free mind, unshakable in its serenity. To follow the ideals set forth in these verses, is the sure way to harmony and progress for the individual as well as for society, nation and mankind. Here in this sutta we find family morality expressed in most elegant verses. We can imagine the happy blissful state household life fattained as a result of following these injunctions.
It is also traditionally included in books of 'protection' paritta. The sutta describes thirty-eight blessings in ten sections,  as shown in the table below:. The post-canonical Pali Commentary  explains that at the time the sutta was preached there was great discussion over the whole of Jambudvipa regarding the definition of blessings. Then it was that Sakka suggested that a deva should visit the Buddha and ask him about it. This sutta is one of the suttas at the preaching of which countless devas were present and countless beings realized the Truth. The sutta is often recited, and forms one of the commonest pieces of chanting used for the Paritta. To have it written down in a book is considered an act of great merit.