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Summary of Girimananda Sutta: To Girimananda 1

Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self Enlightened One!

Rasika Wijayaratne

Published: 2015-11-30


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The Lord Buddha was staying near Savaththi, in Jeta’s Grove. At that time Venerable Girimananda was severely ill and Venerable Ananda approached the Lord Buddha and requested the Lord Buddha to visit Venerable Girimananda out of sympathy for him.

The Lord Buddha informs Venerable Ananda that if he goes and tell the ten perceptions (dasa sanna) to Venerable Girimananda, his illness may subside. The ten perceptions are; 1. the perception of impermanence (anicca sanna), 2. the perception of no self, me or I (anatta sanna), 3. the perception of unattractiveness (asubha sanna), 4. the perception of drawbacks (adhinava sanna), 5. the perception of abandoning (pahana sanna), 6. the perception of dispassion (viraga sanna), 7. the perception of cessation (nirodha sanna), 8. the perception of distaste for every world (sabbha loke anabhiratha sanna), 9. the perception of the undesirability of all formations (sabbha sankharesu anicca sanna), 10. mindfulness of in and out breathing (anapanasati).


“ගිරිමානන්ද සූත්‍ර සජ්ජායනාව (Girimananda Paritta Chanting) 1.” Click on the video to play it. View Full Video >>

1. The perception of impermanence (anicca sanna) is where a monk goes to the forest, beneath a tree or to an empty building (seclusion) and reflects thus in relation to the five—aggregates (panca—khanda): ‘Form (rupa), feeling (vedana), perception (sanna), formations (sankhara) and consciousness (vinnana) are impermanent.’

2. The perception of no self, me or I (anatta sanna) is where a monk goes to the forest, beneath a tree or to an empty building (seclusion) and reflects thus in relation to the senses and sense objects: the eye and forms, the ear and sounds, the nose and aromas, the tongue and flavours, the body and bodily sensations are without self, me, mine or I.

3. The perception of unattractiveness (asubha sanna) is where a monk goes into seclusion and reflects on the unattractiveness of the body from soles of the feet to the crown of the head, reflecting on hair, nails, teeth, etc.


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4. The perception of drawbacks (adhinava sanna) is where a monk goes into seclusion and reflects on the various drawbacks of the body such as the various pains and diseases experienced by the body.

5. The perception of abandoning (pahana sanna) is where a monk goes into seclusion and does not tolerate any arisen mental defilements and wipes out and removes them.

6. The perception of dispassion (viraga sanna) is where a monk goes into seclusion and reflects on the peace from the giving up of all belongings, the ending of craving, cessation and unbinding (Commentary: Nibbana).

7. The perception of cessation (nirodha sanna) is where a monk goes into seclusion and reflects on the peace from the giving up of all belongings, the ending of craving, cessation and unbinding (Commentary: Nibbana).


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8. The perception of distaste for every world (sabbha loke anabhiratha sanna) is where a monk gives up all forms of attachments to the world and does not get involved.

9. The perception of the undesirability of all formations (sabbha sankharesu anicca sanna) is where a monk feels disgusted with all formations (sankhara).

10. Mindfulness of in and out breathing (anapanasati) is where a monk goes into seclusion and breathes in and out while being aware of it.

The Lord Buddha then tells Venerable Ananda to go and tell these ten perceptions to Venerable Girimananda. When Venerable Ananda went and told these ten perceptions to Venerable Girimananda, he recovered from his illness.

May all be happy and well!

Sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.060.than.html

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