by SAYADAW U SILANANDA
Revised Edition 2002
Size: 7” x 7”
Pages: 120 pages
“Monks, learn the Atanatiya protection, study the Atanatiya protection, hold in your hearts the Atanatiya protection. Monks, beneficial is the Atanatiya protection for security, protection, freedom from harm and living in ease for monks, Nuns (bhikkhunis) and male and female lay followers.”
With these words the Buddha exhorted His monks to learn the Atanatiya protection for their protection and thus began the tradition of chanting the Sutta for protection and good results.
This collection of Paritta Pali by the renowned Sayadaw U Silananda provides instructive texts together with important translations. It contains all the 11 suttas which in Myanmar is recognized as the “Great Paritta”, namely Managala Sutta, Ratana Sutta, Metta Sutta, Khandha Sutta, Mora Sutta, Vatta Sutta, Dhajagga Sutta, Atanatiya Sutta, Angulimala Sutta, Bojjhanga Sutta and Pubbanha Sutta. Chanted and listened to, with understanding, concentration and devotion, the “Great Paritta” has the power to ward off danger and bring good results. These suttas are chanted daily in monasteries and nunneries as well as in houses of some lay people in all Theravada Buddhist countries. It is hoped that this comprehensive compilation made possible for the fist time, well encourage Buddhist all over the world to participate more fully in their practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda was selected by the late Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma to carry out the honourable task of spreading the Dhamma in the West, more than 30 years ago.
Today, the Venerable Sayadaw is the Abbot of Dhammananda Vihara in California and the Spiritual Director of the Theravada Buddhist Society of America, Dhammachakka Meditation Center in Berkeley, the Tathagata Meditation Center of San Jose, the Society for Advancement of Buddhism in Ft. Myers (Florida) and the Bodhi Tree Dhamma Center in Largo (Florida). In Mynmar, the Venerable is also one of three spiritual directors (Ovadacariya Sayadaws) of the Mahasi Meditation Center in Yangon.
Born to a devout Buddhist family in Mandalay on 16 December, 1927, the Venerable received his early education at Kelly High School, an American Baptist Mission School for boys. In 1943, at the age of 16, he ordained as a novice monk and began formal religious training with his preceptor and other renowned monks. Full bhikkhu ordination followed in 1947.
The Venerable holds two Dhammacariya (Master of Dhamma) degrees and has taught at the Athithokdayone Pali University. He was an External Examiner at the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Art and Sciences in Mandalay, Myanmar.
The Venerable was the Chief Compiler of the Tipitaka Pali-Burmese Dictionary and was one of the distinguished editors of the Pali Canon and associated Commentaries at the Sixth Buddhist Council held in Rangoon (Yangon) from 1954 to 1956. He is the author of seven Burmese Buddhist books and nine in English. Three of his English books had been translated into Chinese.
Well-regarded as a compassionate, knowledgeable and wise teacher, the Venerable Sayadaw teaches Vipassana meditation, Abhidhamma and other aspects of Theravadian Buddhism in English, Burmese, Pali and Sanskrit. He has led meditation retreats throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe.
In 1993, the Venerable was awarded the title of Agga Maha Pandita by the Burmese religious authorities and in 1999 the title of Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja. He was also appointed as Rector of International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University of Yangon in Myanmar. More recently, in 2000, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt.) by Yangon University.