Best translation of the Book of Protection?

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Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby Mr. G » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:05 pm

I was wondering if a translation has been published in book form, and if so, what the best translated one is.

Also, is this collection considered part of mainstream Theravada practice?
Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra
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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby Tex » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:09 pm

I haven't read it, but I found it on a2i:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ction.html
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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby bodom » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:56 pm

mr. gordo wrote:I was wondering if a translation has been published in book form, and if so, what the best translated one is.

Also, is this collection considered part of mainstream Theravada practice?


Yes.

You can get it here:

http://www.pariyatti.org/Bookstore/prod ... cfm?PC=265

The Book of Protection by Ven. Piyadassi Thera

This is an ancient anthology of paritta suttas translated into English. These are discourses of the Buddha commonly recited for protection against fear, illness, and misfortune. An introductory essay explains the value of paritta recitation for physical and mental health.


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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby Mr. G » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:00 pm

Thank you bodom!

Thanks Tex!

:namaste:
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In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:06 am

I've never chanted it like it was magic or anything, but I've chanted the chants included in that collection many times while living in and visiting temples
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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:39 am

I actually meditate with a sound file of my teacher chanting the Atanatiya Sutta quite regularly. I understand the sutta is a protection against yakkhas and wild animals. For me it provides a suitable meditative ambiance and a convenient time-piece.
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Re: Best translation of the Book of Protection?

Postby Yeshe » Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:51 pm

I stumbled across the Book of Protection when looking for evidence that the original Pali suttas did indeed contain ceremonies or rituals, when some modern thinkers deny their existence and regard all rituals as cultural accretions and nothing to do with 'secular Buddhism'.

There is a pdf for download here: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/bkofprot.pdf

The rituals relating to birth and blessings were at the end of the Access to Insight version. I now have to read back and start where normal people do! ;)
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