Saturday

Parittaṁ
Safeguards

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Devārādhanā
The Invitation to the Gods

(Chanted by One Person)

Samantā cakkavāḷesu atrāgacchantu devatā
May the gods from all over the universe assemble here

saddhammaṁ Munirājassa suṇantu saggamokkhadaṁ:
and listen to the King of the Sage's true Dhamma about heaven and release:

Parittassavaṇakālo ayaṁ bhadantā!
Reverend Sirs, this is the time for hearing the safeguard!

Parittassavaṇakālo ayaṁ bhadantā!
Reverend Sirs, this is the time for hearing the safeguard!

Dhammaparittassavaṇakālo ayaṁ bhadantā!
Reverend Sirs, this is the time for hearing the Dhamma safeguard!

 

Namakkāraṁ
Reverence

(Chanted by All Present)

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa
Reverence to him, the Gracious One, the Worthy One, the Perfect Sambuddha

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa
Reverence to him, the Gracious One, the Worthy One, the Perfect Sambuddha

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa
Reverence to him, the Gracious One, the Worthy One, the Perfect Sambuddha

 

(monastics can chant the Reflections found in the appendix here)

 

Maraṇānussati
Recollection of Death
(Ārakkhā Bhāvanā 4)

Pavātadīpatulyāya, sāyusantatiyā khayaṁ,
Comparing a lamp in a breeze, and the destruction of the life continuum,

parūpamāya sampassaṁ bhāvaye maraṇassatiṁ. [01]
seeing oneself as similar to others one should develop mindfulness of death.

 

Mahāsampattisampattā yathā sattā matā idha,
Just as people who have attained great good fortune here have died,

tathā ahaṁ marissāmi maraṇaṁ mama hessati. [02]
in the same way will I die death is (surely) coming to me.

 

Uppattiyā sahevedaṁ maraṇaṁ āgataṁ sadā,
Indeed death always comes along with that which has arisen,

maraṇatthāya okāsaṁ vadhako viya esati. [03]
it is like a murderer who is seeking an opportunity to kill.

 

Īsakaṁ anivattaṁ taṁ satataṁ gamanussukaṁ,
This life is slowly, without turning back, continually, eagerly,

jīvitaṁ udayā atthaṁ suriyo viya dhāvati. [04]
going its way, it rises and falls just as the sun runs its course (and sets).

 

Vijjububbula-ussāva, jalarājī parikkhayaṁ,
(Like) lightning, a bubble, dew, a line drawn on water, life (quickly goes to) destruction,

ghātako varipūtassa sabbatthā pi avāriyo. [05]
like an executioner in regard to his rival (death) can never be constrained.

 

Suyasatthāmapuññiddhī buddhivuddhī Jinadvayaṁ,
Even the two kinds of Victors, who are famous, strong, meritorious, powerful, and of great intelligence,

ghātesi maraṇaṁ khippaṁ, kā tu mādisake kathā? [06]
were quickly slaughtered by death, so what to say about one like me?

 

Paccayānañ-ca vekalyā bāhirajjhattupaddavā,
When conditions fail there are internal and external adversities,

marāmoraṁ nimesā pi maramāno anukkhaṇan-ti. [07]
dying at each and every moment I will die in less (time) than a blink of an eye.

 

Aṭṭhasaṁvegavatthūni
The Eight Bases for Urgency

Bhāvetvā caturārakkhā āvajjeyya anantaraṁ
Having developed these four protections one should consider next

mahāsaṁvegavatthūni, aṭṭha aṭṭhitavīriyo. [01]
the eight great bases for urgency, having non-stop energy.

 

Jātijarāvyādhicutī apāyā, atīta-appattakavaṭṭadukkhaṁ,
Birth, old age, sickness, death, the lower realms, the past and future suffering in the round,

idāni āhāragaveṭṭhidukkhaṁ - saṁvegavatthūni imāni aṭṭha. [02]
the suffering in having to seek food in the present - these are the eight bases for urgency.

 

Pāto ca sāyam-api ceva imaṁ vidhiñño,
If, in the morning and in the evening, one who knows the way,

āsevate satatam-attahitābhilāsi,
who desires his own benefit, practises (these meditations) continually,

pappoti so ti vipulaṁ hatapāripantho,
then after destroying (even) extensive obstacles, that sage

seṭṭhaṁ sukhaṁ muni visiṭṭhamataṁ sukhena cā ti. [03]
easily attains great happiness, and the distinction of the deathless.

 

Mettānisaṁsasuttaṁ
The Discourse on the Advantages of Friendliness Meditation

Evaṁ me sutaṁ:
Thus I have heard:

ekaṁ samayaṁ Bhagavā Sāvatthiyaṁ viharati
at one time the Gracious One was dwelling near Sāvatthi

Jetavane Anāthapiṇḍikassa ārāme.
at Anāthapiṇḍika's grounds in Jeta's Wood.

Tatra kho Bhagavā bhikkhū āmantesi:
There it was that the Gracious One addressed the monks, saying:

“Bhikkhavo!” ti, “Bhadante!” ti te bhikkhū Bhagavato paccassosuṁ,
“Monks!”, “Reverend Sir!” those monks replied to the Gracious One,

Bhagavā etad-avoca:
and the Gracious One said this:

“Mettāya bhikkhave cetovimuttiyā,
“Monks, from the freedom of mind by friendliness meditation,

āsevitāya, bhāvitāya, bahulīkatāya,
when practised, developed, made much of,

yānīkatāya, vatthukatāya, anuṭṭhitāya, paricitāya, susamāraddhāya,
carried on, established, maintained, augmented, and properly instigated,

ekādasānisaṁsā pāṭikaṅkhā.
eleven advantages are to be expected.

Katame ekādasa?
What are the eleven?

 

Sukhaṁ supati, sukhaṁ paṭibujjhati, na pāpakaṁ supinaṁ passati,
He sleeps happily, he wakes up happily, he does not see bad dreams,

manussānaṁ piyo hoti, amanussānaṁ piyo hoti,
he is dear to human beings, he is dear to non-human beings,

devatā rakkhanti, nāssa aggi vā visaṁ vā satthaṁ vā kamati,
the gods protect him, neither fire, poison, or sword can affect him,

tuvataṁ cittaṁ samādhiyati, mukhavaṇṇo vippasīdati,
he can concentrate his mind quickly, his complexion becomes clear,

asammūḷho kālaṁ karoti, uttariṁ appaṭivijjhanto Brahmalokūpago hoti.
he dies unbewildered, and if he penetrates no further, he will (at least) go to the Brahma world.

 

Mettāya bhikkhave cetovimuttiyā,
Monks, from the freedom of mind by friendliness meditation,

āsevitāya, bhāvitāya, bahulīkatāya,
when practised, developed, made much of,

yānīkatāya, vatthukatāya, anuṭṭhitāya, paricitāya, susamāraddhāya,
carried on, established, maintained, augmented, and properly instigated,

ime ekādasānisaṁsā pāṭikaṅkhā” ti.
there are these eleven advantages to be expected.”

Idam-avoca Bhagavā,
The Gracious One said this,

attamanā te bhikkhū Bhagavato bhāsitaṁ abhinandun-ti.
and those monks were uplifted and greatly rejoiced in the Gracious One's words.

 

Āsīvāda
Verse of Blessing

Etena saccavajjena sotthi te hotu sabbadā!
By this declaration of the truth may you be safe at all times!

Etena saccavajjena hotu te jayamaṅgalaṁ!
By this declaration of the truth may you have the blessing of success!

Etena saccavajjena sabbarogo vinassatu!
By this declaration of the truth may all disease be destroyed!

 

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