The world of English Buddhist literature has been enriched by the publication of this book entitled “The Book of Protection.”
This is a translation by the Venerable Piyadassi Maha Thera of what is well known to every Sinhala Buddhist home as the Pirit Potha which means the book of protection. It contains a collection of suttas or discourses taken from the teaching of the Buddha and are meant to be recited in temples and homes for the purpose of obtaining protection from all harm.
This is achieved by recalling with saddha or confidence the virtues of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha referred to in these discourses. There are many who listen to the recitation of these discourses but who hardly understand the import of these discourses and therefore any benefit they may gain must be necessarily slight.
This translation, therefore, supplies a long-felt need as it will help such persons to listen with understanding when pirith is being recited.
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You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the wayBuddha, Dhp 276