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Paritta

Postby puppha » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:25 am

Hi all,

I went to my weekly Dhamma class yesterday, which is provided by a Sri Lankan monk. He's been a monk for 13 years and spent most of his life in Sri Lanka; he now essentially lives in the Vihara in London. :sage:

At the end of the class, a student asked about what can be done to help others when they are ill. For example, Christians can pray, etc. The monk said they do paritta chanting. He did that a number of times in Sri Lanka. Some terminally-ill people, where doctors said they would die within a few days, have recovered very quickly after such chanting. He explained that such chanting, done with good intentions (i.e. loving-kindness), generates some sort of spiritual energy and produces positive results. I haven't realised before this more "popular" aspect of Theravada Buddhism.

Has anyone heard or witness similar stories? I find this quite interesting, I would like to learn more about it. :candle:

With metta

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Re: Paritta

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:38 am

Yes, a paritta is a protection.
I think the protection comes to the one who does the chanting or the person listening or hearing about the paritta and its "power" is an artefact of saddha (devotion/confidence) in the Triple Gem that is triggered through listening or chanting. As for miraculous cures and the like...I keep an open mind. For more information, follow this link: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ction.html
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Paritta

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