“The Gift of Dhamma Excels All Other Gifts”
—The Lord Buddha
’Paritta’ in Pali, ’paritrana’ in Sanskrit and ’pirit’ (pronounced pirith) in Sinhala mean principally protection. Paritta suttas describe certain suttas or discourses delivered by the Lord Buddha and regarded as affording protection. This protection is to be obtained by
reciting or listening to the paritta suttas. The pactice of reciting and listening to the paritta suttas began very early in the history of Buddhism.
The selected discourses for recital are known as ’paritta suttas’, discourses of protection. But they are not ’rakshana manttras’ or protective incantations found in Brahmanic religion, nor are they magical rites. There is
nothing mystical in them.
This is an anthology of selected discourses of the Buddha compiled by the teachersof yore. It is this anthology that has now been translated form the original Pali by Piyadassi Thera.
Dhamma should not be sold like goods in the market place.
Permission to reproduce this publication in any way for free distribution,as a gift of Dhamma, is hereby granted and
no further permission need be obtained.
Reproduction in any way for commercial gain is strictly prohibited.