P - T

HM : Paritta

  • Paritta is usually rendered as “Protective Verse”.

Early Texts

  • Hanthawaddy and Thudhammawaddy published early Paritta texts edited by Pali experts (e.g. Saya Phyay, U Pan Maung).


  • The Ministry of Religious Affairs published the standard version of 11 Pairtta Suttas, and the comprehensive version of 30+ Suttas (including the 11 Paritta Suttas).
  • The Suttas were approved/re-affirmed at the Sixth Buddhist Council.

Pali and Translation

  • Paritta texts with Pali and English translation were compiled and /or edited by Sayadaw U Silananda and Sao Htun Hmat Win.
  • Paritta texts with Pali and Burmese/Myanmar translation were compiled/edited by Sayadaw U Ayethaka, Dhammacariya U Soe Win, and Dhammacariya U Kyaw Lin.

Comprehensive Treatment

  • Comprehensive treatment of Paritta had been done by Thabyekan Sayadaw, and Sayadaw U Jotilankara.

Mon Version

  • Used to own a copy of a Pariita (Burmese and Mon version) given by the Dat Paung Zone Aung Min Gaung Sayadaw U Thilawunta.
  • Based on the Mon manuscripts. One difference is in the “last” Sutta.
    The Mon version has two major sections:
    one for chanting in the morning and
    one for chanting in the evening/night.

Schedule for Recitation

  • Customary for the Burmese Buddhist monks to recite all the 11 Suttas daily.
  • A recommendation for the lay people is to break up the 11 Suttas into seven groups, and chant a group per day.
  • The 11 Suttas will then be covered every week.


  • The Paritta verses by the various Sayadaws
    Mingun Tipitaka Sayadaw,
    Taung Tan Thatanapyu Sayadaw,
    U Silananda,
    Kyar Ni Kan Sayadaw,
    Aung San Tat Oo Sayadaw,
    Las Vegas Sayadaw U Zeya)
    are available as CDs.
  • Some (if not all) can be found at dhamma web sites such as dhammadownload.com and nibanna.com.
  • YouTube has a collection of Paritta recited by Myanmar, Sri Lankan, and Thai monks.

Forms of Pali

  • Pali is rendered in Romanized form (for international use) and in native versions (Myanmar, Sinhali, Thai, …).
  • Example:
    Lay people and most monks in Myanmar will say “Git sar mi”.
    Lay people and most (if not all) monks from Sri Lanka and Thai will say “gacchami”.
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