Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by rightviewftw » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:09 am

I don't remember whole discourses except for a few short ones and am not word perfect in repeating those but I remember a lot of excerpts and lists pertaining to the theory, various definitions, stories and instructions. I find it far easier and more useful than memorizing whole discourses because those things are important for my practice and are the gist of the Dhamma. Repeatedly talking about the same stuff on the forum definitely helped.
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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Dhammanando » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:18 am

hgf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:53 pm
im interested in the dhammapada:)
Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:32 am
I'm personally shooting for the Dhammapada.
I know a mnemonic technique that will help you, but may I first enquire how much time per day you are able and willing to devote to it?

There are about fifteen-and-a-half thousand syllables in the Pali text of the Dhammapada, so if you memorise five hundred syllables per day (i.e., the equivalent of twenty-nine haikus or three and a half sonnets), then you will have the whole Dhammapada committed to memory in just thirty-one days. Start on All Saints’ Day and you’ll be finished by St. Grwst’s Day.

:woohoo:

But you’ll need to spend an hour and a half a day on it, and in three sessions with at least a 3-hour interval between them: a 45-minute session for writing out the day’s text and preparing the mnemonicons, a 30-minute one for oral recital (first with the text, then with the mnemonicons and finally by memory alone), and a 15-minute one for revision of the verses memorised the day before.

Let me know if you’re interested and have enough time. If you’re interested but don’t have an hour and a half per day to spare, then let me know how much time you do have so that I can make the necessary adjustments.

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Manopubbangama » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:19 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:18 am
hgf wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:53 pm
im interested in the dhammapada:)
Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:32 am
I'm personally shooting for the Dhammapada.
I know a mnemonic technique that will help you, but may I first enquire how much time per day you are able and willing to devote to it?

There are about fifteen-and-a-half thousand syllables in the Pali text of the Dhammapada, so if you memorise five hundred syllables per day (i.e., the equivalent of twenty-nine haikus or three and a half sonnets), then you will have the whole Dhammapada committed to memory in just thirty-one days. Start on All Saints’ Day and you’ll be finished by St. Grwst’s Day.

:woohoo:

But you’ll need to spend an hour and a half a day on it, and in three sessions with at least a 3-hour interval between them: a 45-minute session for writing out the day’s text and preparing the mnemonicons, a 30-minute one for oral recital (first with the text, then with the mnemonicons and finally by memory alone), and a 15-minute one for revision of the verses memorised the day before.

Let me know if you’re interested and have enough time. If you’re interested but don’t have an hour and a half per day to spare, then let me know how much time you do have so that I can make the necessary adjustments.
I'm interested. :reading:

Of course, like climbing a mountain, were we to do a skype group, we may all have to adjust a bit to everyone's schedule, which may not run as smooth as clockwork.

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Manopubbangama » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:25 pm

Anyone want to start with Magga Vagga?




I can't imagine the entire Buddhist Canon in a more compressed jewel than this.

We could chant it perhaps once a week on skype as a group recital?

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by samseva » Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:01 am

Please do share the memorization technique in the thread. :smile:

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Dhammanando » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm

Attached is the file for 31-day memorising of the Dhammapada. Tomorrow I'll post instructions on the method.
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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Manopubbangama » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:44 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Attached is the file for 31-day memorising of the Dhammapada. Tomorrow I'll post instructions on the method.

Dhammapada.pdf
Thank you, Bhante.

I will read this, probably will not have the capacity to finish in 31 days due to upasaka schedule.

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Dhammanando » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:00 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm

Tomorrow I'll post instructions
Apologies for the delay. The instruction file is on my laptop, whose battery is unfortunately flat and whose power cable is not working. I'll post the guide next week when the new cable comes.

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Manopubbangama » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:11 pm

The pdf is excellent. :anjali: thank you.

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by mettafuture » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:31 am

I usually memorize things through a lot of repetition: hearing or reciting it over and over again.

Apparently, the technique explained in this video is a better approach. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.


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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by Manopubbangama » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 am

mettafuture wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:31 am
I usually memorize things through a lot of repetition: hearing or reciting it over and over again.

Apparently, the technique explained in this video is a better approach. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

Mettafuture, thanks for sharing. :namaste:

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Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Post by mettafuture » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:09 am

Manopubbangama wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 am
Mettafuture, thanks for sharing. :namaste:
You're welcome.

:namaste:

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