Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

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Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby Buddhist Prime » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:31 am

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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:35 am

Greetings,

I'm pretty sure there are instances of demon possession, in which case your boilerplate response would be incorrect.

From memory, I think such possession constitutes one of the grounds for being exonerated for one's actions in the Vinaya. Whether 'demon possession' is literal, or whether it might be referring to mental illness, epileptic fits or something else, I'm not sure.

Either way, if I were you, I'd hold off in responding in such a way until you get confirmation, unless you wish to risk misrepresenting the Dhamma.

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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby plwk » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:49 am

Firstly, perhaps may be of help..

Secondly, the one account I have read of and related to your question from the Pali Sutta is the otherwise as far as I know in the Theravada Tradition, there is a practice of reciting verses from the Suttas for various occasions and from what I have known in life, even for those who are 'troubled' in the context of your question, the methods do vary from going for psychiatric and spiritual counselling, making offerings to the Triple Gem to organising a group of laity/monastics to do a session.

Thirdly, imo, the best 'exorcism' is the preventive measure taken by one to learn and practice with worthy teacher(s)/center/temple, kalyanamittas and one's own daily and faithful practice...

Fourthly, here's one video I have from seen before some years back and I leave it to you to make out what it may be...


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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:32 am

To my reading of the texts I have to simply echo Retro, and confirm his memory, although it does not specify demon, in the western understanding, from my memory.
The closest thing to an excorcism is the Metta Sutta which was used by monks, in the origin story, to calm down some tree devas who were causing them trouble.


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Postby Moggalana » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:47 am

Ajahn Chah knew how to deal with ;-)
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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Postby santa100 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 pm

The Buddhist view on demons isn't really antagonistic because the Buddha taught us that they're just other kinds of sentient beings in the 6 realms full of afflictions and suffering just like us humans. That's why the attitude isn't to exorcise them, but to try to spread the Buddha's compassion and wisdom to them through one's own observance of precepts and the practice of metta meditation. If one's intention is sincere enough, those demons will recognize that annoying other people would only make their kamma worse and worse, thus piling more and more suffering to themselves. The best way is to take refuge in the Triple Gem and apply lessons of compassion and wisdom that the Great Teacher has taught.

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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby greatyu » Sun May 27, 2012 10:23 am

Hi, im a theravada buddhist, and about exorcisms regarding demons, there is a particular sutta called "Atanatiya" which is used to invite the spirits and demons and then send them away with the words of dhamma. It is a part of Maha Pirith, and is chanted early in the morning. We were strongly advised to stay indoors during the chant. Ultimately, if accidentally a person gets possessed he or she is taken to a nearby temple and is given Pirith pan (something like holy water) and the spirits leaves the body.

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Postby pilgrim » Sun May 27, 2012 12:50 pm

"To free a Buddhist from an evil spirit, the Atanatiya Sutta should only be recited as a last resort after trying to do so through the recitation of the Metta Sutta, the Dhajagga Sutta and the Ratana Sutta—and even then only by knowledgeable members of the Sangha."

More on the Atanatiya sutta and Paritta here
http://sasanarakkha.org/talks/2003/03/f ... ings.shtml

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Postby Clarence » Sun May 27, 2012 4:36 pm

Maybe not the right place but ask at the sister forum dharmawheel.net

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Of cause there you will get offered more spectaculars.

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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed May 30, 2012 7:34 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Postby SarathW » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:45 am

My understanding is that demons can’t possess us. But they can affect us. The same way another human or animal can affect us.
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