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These MP4 videos show on a computer or TV screen, stanza by stanza, the Pali and the English translation, while it is being chanted by S.N. Goenka. The sutta text is in Roman-script Pali with English translation.
The Mahasamayasutta belongs to the Mahavaggapani-section of the Digha Nikaya. The meter and content seem to indicate that it is a later addition but the sutta itself remains as a fixed standard among the Paritta-chantings in traditional Buddhist countries. These suttas are called "Paritta" (protection, warding off) because their recitation is believed to provide shelter and safeguard for those who chant them and for those listening. Duration: 29 minutes Download Size: 248MB
This famous first sermon of the Buddha was held near Baranasi in the deer park of Isipatane. After the Buddha had decided to visit his five previous companions he explained to them that he had to leave aside those two extremes of rolling in sensual pleasures and the practice of self-mortification to be able to finally realize what made him enlightened and what he named the Ariyo Atthangiko Maggo. He then continued to describe this realization in all necessary detail (e.g. explaining The Four Noble Truths) of how he himself had proceeded and how everyone else should proceed in order to achieve the same attainments. (Notes from the Pariyatti Learning Center course: Exploring the Path) Duration: 24 minutes Download Size: 198MB
Paritta suttas describe certain suttas or discourses delivered by the Buddha that afford protection. In the Dhajagga Paritta, the Buddha is living near Savatthi at Jetavana at the monastery of Anathapindika addressing some monks. In this sutta, he instructs the monks "... whether in forest or at foot of tree, or in some secluded spot, call to mind the Buddha, Dhamma or Sangha. Then will there be no fear to you at all." Duration: 12 minutes Download Size: 100MB
The Three Bojjhangas that Mr. Goenka chants are from the bojjha?gasa?yutta, a collection of suttas that deal with these seven bojjhangas (seven Factors of Enlightenment) in manifold detail. Each one of them describes a situation where one of the respective Venerable Elders, Mahakassapa, Mahamoggallana or the Buddha himself, suffered from serious illness. Duration: 15 minutes Download Size: 137MB
The Girimananda Sutta, from the Book of the Tens, starts with Ananda requesting the Buddha to visit the gravely ill monk, Ven. Girimananda Thera. The Buddha instead suggests to Ananda to visit the monk himself and recite the ten contemplations. Duration: 14 minutes Download Size: 116MB
"The word paritta was used by the Buddha, for the first time, in a discourse known as Khandha Paritta in the Culla Vagga of the Vinaya Pitaka (vol. ii, p. 109), and also in the Anguttara Nikaya under the title "Ahi (metta) Sutta" (vol. ii, p. 82). This discourse was recommended by the Buddha as guard or protection for the use of the members of the Order. The Buddha in this discourse exhorts the monks to cultivate metta or loving-kindness towards all beings." -quote by Ven. Piyadassi Thera Duration: 11 minutes Download Size: 106MB