Whatever medicines are found
In the world — many and varied —
None are equal to the Dhamma.
Drink of this, monks!
And having drunk
The medicine of the Dhamma,
You'll be untouched by age and death.
Having meditated and seen —
(You'll be) healed by ceasing to cling.
Pain is to be expected; no pain is to be appreciated. Considering the complexity of our society and world, the probability that we can please all others, gods and also ourselves and have everything work smoothly together is rather low (10-20%?), so we shouldn't be surprised/depressed by the occurrence of mental suffering. Considering the complexity of the systems of the body, its aging/breaking down, and various external influencing factors, the probability that every part can function together properly without illness is also rather low. so we also shouldn't moan and groan over the bodily suffering. Through experience I've found out that Dhamma is the best medicine for both mental and physical pain. Focus our attention on the Dhamma study and practice and use suffering as a vehicle for awakening is the best strategy for coping with pain.
To facilitate myself and others to use the Dhamma medicine to cope with both mental and physical pain, I'm summarizing the important suttas and chants I've gathered so far from various friends' contribution to the topic of pain. Please add more if I miss some.
Paritta Pali Chanting - Burmese Style (MP3 Files): Chanted by Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda, Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University in Myanmar. http://www.buddhanet.net/audio-chant.htm
Buddha Vandana - Homage to the Buddha.
Dhamma Vandana - Homage to the Doctrine.
Sangha Vandana - Homage to the Disciples of the Buddha.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... htEs#at=56
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... v3SBCQsrSY
Jaya Mangala Gatha-Verses of Auspicious Victory
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... OH9kdeLEX4
Pirith (protection) Chanting by a small Sri Lanka boy Dhammaruwan: his chanting story is a convincing evidence of reincarnation, and his chanting was used by Bhante G to heal some afflicted as I read (see http://pirith.org/ for his story).
The contents of his chanting:
Dhammachakka Suthra, Girimananda Suthra, Bhojjhanga Piritha, Maha Mangala, Rathana & Mettha Suthra
Chant of Metta: based upon
http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... t_of_Metta
[For the Pali and Chinese chant of Metta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4UFJF3_5A]
[For English chant of Metta: http://www.buddhanet.net/mp3/mbdc/07_mbdc.mp3
Metta sutta: http://measurelessmind.ca/chants_metta.html
Verses of protection: http://www.buddhanet.net/mp3/mbdc/08_mbdc.mp3
1) Beyond Coping: The Buddha's Teachings on Aging, Illness, Death, and Separation
A Study Guide by Rev. Thanissaro
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/stud ... index.html
2) The Book of Protection Paritta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... n.html#s12
1. Discourse on the Ten Dhammas (Dasa-dhamma sutta)
2. Discourse on Blessings (Mangala Sutta)
3. The Jewel Discourse (Ratana Sutta)
4. Discourse on Loving-kindness (Metta Sutta)
5. Protection of the Aggregates (Khandha Sutta)
6. Discourse on Advantages of Loving-kindness (Mettanisamsa)
7. The Advantages of Friendship (Mittanisamsa)
8. The Peacock's Prayer for Protection (Mora Paritta)
9. The Moon Deity's Prayer for Protection (Canda Paritta)
10. The Sun Deity's Prayer for Protection (Suriya Paritta)
11. Banner Protection (Dhajagga Paritta)
12. Factors of Enlightenment (Maha Kassapa Thera Bhojjhanga)
13. Factors of Enlightenment (Maha Moggallana Thera Bhojjhanga)
14. Factors of Enlightenment (Maha Cunda Thera Bhojjhanga)
15. Discourse to Girimananda Thera (Girimananda Sutta)
16. Discourse at Isigili (Isigili Sutta)
17. Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta)
18. The Great Assembly (Maha-samaya Sutta)
19. Discourse to Alavaka (Alavaka Sutta)
20. Discourse to Bharadvaja, the farmer (Kasibharadvaja Sutta)
21. Discourse on Downfall (Parabhava Sutta)
22. Discourse on Outcasts (Vasala Sutta)
23. Discourse on the Analysis of the Truths (Saccavibhanga Sutta)
24. Discourse on Atanatiya (Atanatiya Sutta)
Protective Discourse to Angulimala (Angulimala Paritta)
Invitation to Deities (Devaradhana)
Another list by Ben (?; forgot from which thread in Dhammawheel):
-The Stone Silver/SN 1.38 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-The Arrow/SN 36.6 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-The Sick Ward/SN 36.7 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Sick/SN 41.10 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Ill/SN 46.14, the Gilana Sutta I: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Old Age/SN 48.41 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Illness/SN 52.10. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Two People/AN 3.51 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Two People (2)/AN 3.52 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-Subjects for Contemplation: AN 5.57 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
-To a Sick Man/AN 5.121 http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Look forward to more of your contributions, especially the chanted suttas with both Pali and English (or Chinese). When you spread metta/blessings, and study/chant these suttas, I'd appreciate your good thoughts since I'll especially need the positive energy and the blessings in the coming months.
Thanks and metta!