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Pirith is the Sinhala word for paritta (in Pali), which means protection. "It protects one from all directions", is the traditional definition. This is the recitation or chanting of the word of the Buddha.
During the 2004 vesak season I put some pirith mp3 files on a web site and received good comments on it. So the next year I planned to improve it on a separate web site. I got a free domain and put that on a free hosted server. Since it was on a free server it was having some problems as usual. Low bandwidth, limited space, Ad's and so on..
In February 2007 I received email from Mr. Lucky Jayasuriya , He is Sinhalese living in USA. He sponsored to web hosting and also he sponsored for pirith.org domain name. That's how this pirith.org comes live. I'm planning to improve this web site as a buddhist community site in future.
Try to understand the meanings of this great Buddha thoughts !
You can download all files in this site to your computer. Then you can write these files it to Audio CD or mp3 player and play anytime. To download Right Click on top of link, Select Save Target As -> Save.
The best Pirith Chanting I heard was by a small boy call Dhammaruwan, which is something special. The recording quality is poor, but I tried my best to filter it and make it of better quality.
Dhammaruwan Story :
Dhammaruwan was born in a small village near Kandy , Sri Lanka in November, 1968. From the age of about two, before he could read or write , he spontaneously started to chant the ancient Buddhist scriptures in the original pali language , known only to a few scholar monks.
Each day, somewhere around two o'clock in the morning, after sitting in meditation with his adopted and devoted Buddhist foster father for about twenty to forty minutes, he would spontaneously start to chant pali suttas. On the Poya or lunar Observance day, he would sometimes chant for two hours.
Dhammaruwan's foster father started making amateur recording of the chanting and invited prominent scholar monk to listen. The monk verified that it was indeed the ancient pali language and the boy were chanting it in an ancient style which no longer existed in world.
Dhammachakka Sutta - By Ven. Maharagama Nanda Nayaka Thero
I got the opportunity of meeting Ven. Maharagama Nanda Nayaka Thero when I visite WalukaRamaya, Colombo - 03, on 9th March 2011. Nayaka Thero is very famous & excelent in chanting pirith. I had a chat with the thero & showed the pirith.org website. Thero was very happy on our site & service, donated this CD to me to publish on pirith.org.
Maha Sathipatthana Sutta - Chanted By Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero
This is Very high quality sound suttha chanted by ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero. Because of the high quality, the file sizes are large. Download all 4 mp3 files.
1. Maha Sathipatthana Sutta1 ( Intro : 1 MB)
2. Maha Sathipatthana Sutta2 ( 17 MB )
3. Maha Sathipatthana Sutta3 (17 MB )
4. Maha Sathipatthana Sutta4 ( 7 MB )
New Sermons (Bana) and Pirith
Audio Sermons by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnananda Thera (Himi) (MP3)
Series of Sermans (Dharma Deshana) preached at Siri Siddhartharamaya, Galthude, Panadura
Speeches by late professor W.S. Karunaratne (MP3)
These speeches were provided to me to be published on Pirith.org by Mr. Shantha Karunaratne, son of late Dr. W.S. Karunaratne, professor of Buddhist Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the University of Sri Lanka. Professor Karunaratne was considered one of the greatest Buddhist scholars of our time and an orator of unparalleled skill.
You can read more about prof. W.S. Karunaratne, by visiting this website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._S._Karunaratne