Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 01/06/2013

Aditthana – Memorizing the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Dharmacakra, "Wheel of Dharma", ...


I suppose you could call it a form of New Year’s resolution but I quite spontaneously (perhaps impulsively) decide last night to take up the memorization of the Dhammacakkappavattana sutta again. I believe the English title is the Discourse on the Setting in Motion of the Dhamma Wheel and it contains, ass such, the core teachings such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path. If there were one sutta that I ever wanted to memorize in its entirety for fear of being left without a physical or digital copy of the Dhamma this would be it. I have memorized the Metta sutta in English in the past as well as gathas but this will be the first sutta of significant length I will attempt.


In essence, I plan to use the Dhammaruwan recording (here:  in conjunction with Ven. Anandajoti’s rendering of the sutta as found in the Vinaya-pitaka and I’ll come back here later to add in the links. I intend to dedicate the half hour required to recite the sutta every evening which would put my evening session at around 45 minutes in total with a fifteen minute metta session. I’ve decided to give myself until the end of the year to memorize it at which point I may choose either the Mahamangala or Karaniya Metta Sutta.


Thanks to Ven. Pesala and Ven. Anandajoti for their work and advice. Sukhita hontu!




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  1. Greetings,

    do you know, which Sutta(s) Dhammaruwan was reciting in that “Bojjhanga Suttas” recording?


    • I don’t but I can try to find out for you. Metta!

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