Mahāparittaṁ
The Great Safeguard

1. The Opening Ceremony

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Namakkāraṁ
Reverence


(A senior monk first establishes the lay people
in the refuges and virtuous practices:)

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa x 3
Reverence to him, the Gracious One, the Worthy One, the Perfect Sambuddha

 

Saraṇagamanaṁ
Going for Refuge

Buddhaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
I go to the Buddha for refuge

Dhammaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
I go to the Dhamma for refuge

Saṅghaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
I go to the Saṅgha for refuge

Dutiyam-pi Buddhaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a second time I go to the Buddha for refuge

Dutiyam-pi Dhammaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a second time I go to the Dhamma for refuge

Dutiyam-pi Saṅghaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a second time I go to the Saṅgha for refuge

Tatiyam-pi Buddhaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a third time I go to the Buddha for refuge

Tatiyam-pi Dhammaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a third time I go to the Dhamma for refuge

Tatiyam-pi Saṅghaṁ saraṇaṁ gacchāmi
For a third time I go to the Saṅgha for refuge

 

Pañcasikkhāpadāni
The Five Training Rules

Pāṇātipātā veramaṇīsikkhāpadaṁ samādiyāmi [01]
I undertake the training rule of refraining from killing living creatures

Adinnādānā veramaṇīsikkhāpadaṁ samādiyāmi [02]
I undertake the training rule of refraining from taking what has not been given

Kāmesumicchārcārā veramaṇīsikkhāpadaṁ samādiyāmi [03]
I undertake the training rule of refraining from sexual misconduct

Musāvādā veramaṇīsikkhāpadaṁ samādiyāmi [04]
I undertake the training rule of refraining from false speech

Surāmerayamajjapamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇīsikkhāpadaṁ samādiyāmi [05]
I undertake the training rule of refraining from liquor, wines, or intoxicants which cause heedlessness.


(Then the leading monk encourages the laypeople with a teaching appropriate
to the occasion, after which the leading layman requests the recital:)

 

Ārādhanā
The Invitation

Vipattipaṭibāhāya, sabbasampattisiddhiyā,
For the warding off of misfortune, for the accomplishment of all good fortune,

sabbadukkhavināsāya: parittaṁ brūtha maṅgalaṁ.
for the destruction of all suffering: please chant the auspicious safeguard.

Vipattipaṭibāhāya, sabbasampattisiddhiyā,
For the warding off of misfortune, for the accomplishment of all good fortune,

sabbabhayavināsāya: parittaṁ brūtha maṅgalaṁ.
for the destruction of all fear: please chant the auspicious safeguard.

Vipattipaṭibāhāya, sabbasampattisiddhiyā,
For the warding off of misfortune, for the accomplishment of all good fortune,

sabbarogavināsāya: parittaṁ brūtha maṅgalaṁ.
for the destruction of all disease: please chant the auspicious safeguard.

 

Devārādhanā
The Invitation to the Gods


(The chanting begins with an invitation to the gods
to attend the ceremony and listen to the recital:)

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! Sometimes recited as: Dhammassavaṇakālo ayaṁ bhadantā! or Dhammaparittassavaṇakālo ayaṁ bhadantā!01
Reverend Sirs, this is the time for hearing the safeguard!

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!