Maha Mangala Sutta

Posted on December 20, 2009

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Maha Mangala Sutta

This text below was part of a teaching by Br. Phap Hai from Deer Park Monastery (Escondido, CA) on the sutta of Great Blessings & Protection.  Deer Park Monastery is currently engaged in the traditional “3 months” rainy-season retreat during this winter period.  May conditions arise for me to visit there during my winter break…

And as the Gateway 11 year comes to its completion, may I dwell in the spirit of gratitude for all the blessings that I have received, the fortune to have a chance to live through another turning of the cycle, to plant new seeds and aspirations, and to hopefully praktis in a way that is of benefit to myself and others.

Blessings!  Blessings!  Blessings!

The 38 Blessings of the MahaMangala Sutta

i. The Thirty-eight Blessings  (mangalas) (italic=Pali language)

Stanza I
The Buddha was asked: What are the highest Blessings in life?
The Blessed One replied: The Supreme Blessings are:

Stanza II
1. Asevanaa ca baalaana.m: Not associating with fools.
2. Pan.ditaana~n ca seyanaa: Associating with the wise.
3. Puujaa ca puujaniiyaana.m: Reverencing those worthy of respect.

Stanza III
4. Patiruupadesavaaso: Residence in a suitable locality.
5. Pubbe ca katapu~n~nataa: Having made merit in the past.
6. Attasammaapa.nidhi: One’s mind properly directed.

Stanza IV
7. Bahusacca~n: Profound learning.
8. Bahusippa~n: Proficiency in one’s work.
9. Vinayo ca susikkhito: Well-learned moral discipline
10. Subhaasitaa ca yaa vaacaa: Gracious kindly speech.

Stanza V
11. Maataapitu upa.t.thaana.m: Giving support to parents.
12. Puttadaarassa sa”ngaho: Cherishing wife and children.
13. Anaakulaa ca kammantaa: Business pursuits, peaceful and free from conflicts.

Stanza VI
14. Daana: Acts of giving.
15. Dhammacariyaa: Conduct according to Dhamma.
16. Naatakaana~n ca sa”ngaho: Helping one’s relatives.
17. Anavajjaani kammaani: Blameless actions.

Stanza VII
18. AArati paapaa: shunning evil.
19. Virati paapaa: Abstaining from evil.
20. Majjapaanaa ca sa~n~namo: Refraining from intoxicants.
21. Appamaado ca dhammesu: Diligence in practice of what is Dhamma.

Stanza VIII
22. Gaaravo: Reverence.
23. Nivaato: Humility.
24. Santu.t.thi: Contentment.
25. Kata~n~nutaa: Gratefulness.
26. Kaalena dhammasavana.m: Timely hearing of the Dhamma

Stanza IX
27. Khantii: Patience
28. Sovacassataa: Meekness when corrected.
29. Sama.naana~n ca dassana.m: Meeting (seeing) monks.
30. Kaalena dhammasaakacchaa: Discussing the Dhamma at the proper time.

Stanza X
31. Tapo: Energetic self-restraint.
32. Brahmacariyaa: Holy and chaste life.
33. Ariyasaccaana dassana.m: Insight into the Noble Truths.
34. Nibbaana sacchikiriyaa: Realization of Nibbaana.

Stanza XI
35. Phu.t.thassa lokadhammehi citta.m yassa na kampati: A mind unshaken by the ups and downs
of life.
36. Asoka.m: Freedom from sorrow.
37. Viraja.m: Freedom from defilements of passion.
38. Khema.m: Perfect security.

Stanza XII
Etaadisaani katvaana sabbattham-aparaajitaa sabbattha sotthi.m gacchanti: Those who have
acted in this way cannot be defeated and always live in safety.

The blessings (mangalas) not arranged in random order-  they are logical and progressive
1. The Preparation: first three stanzas.
2. Wayfaring in the World: next four stanzas.
3. The Spiritual Life: next three stanzas.
4. The Highest Goal: last stanza.

The sutra is a practice manual- helping us to develop the three practices of sila, samadhi,
prajna.

This is the classification we will be using here:

Sila: 21 mangalas:

1. Foundational: M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6
2. Essential training of body, speech & mind: M7 M8 M9 M10
3. The foundation of the domestic order: M11 M12 M13
4. Social welfare: M14 M15 M16 M17
5. Diligence & protection against unwholesomeness: M18 M19 M20 M21

Samadhi: 9 mangalas:

M22 M23 M24 M25 M26 M27 M28 M29 M30

Prajna: 8 mangalas

M31 M32 M33 M34 M35 M36 M37 M38

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