by U KYAW HTUT
an abridged edition by SAYADAW DR SUNANDA
Size: 5.5” x 8.2”
Pages: 84 pages
The Mangala Sutta is one of the most widely known of the Buddha’s discourses. The Mangala Sutta is included in the Khuddakapatha, the first book of the Khuddaka Nikaya.
How this sutta came to be delivered by the Buddha is mentioned in the sutta itself. For twelve years, devas and men, wishing to have happiness and well-being, pondered over the question of what constituted a mangala or auspiciousness. In those days, people were steeped in superstitions and their actions were mostly guided by certain signs and omens which they considered to be auspicious. There were differences of opinion and they could not get a consensus among themselves in deciding what exactly a mangala was. In delivering the Mangala Sutta, the Buddha ignored the superstitions and various conflicting interpretations of mangala; he showed them the mangalas from a practical and more useful angle.
Mangala Sutta is not just confined to religion. It has an immense scope and also covers the social, economic and political aspects of life. The thirty-eight mangalas are applicable to the yound and the old, to parents and children; to teachers and pupils, etc. Proper discharge of these mangala duties will surely bring much benefit to everyone.
This book is a rough translation of the book on Mangala Sutta based on lectures given by Sayagyi U Kyaw Htut, a well-known figure among all Myanmar Buddhists as a scholar of Buddhist studies and had been further edited and abridged by Sayadaw Dr Sunanda.