Blessings in Buddhism

Mangala Sutta: The Sutra on Happiness; Buddha teaches these blessings, those things which bring happiness.

The Buddhism or Lord Buddha isn’t magic. The Buddha’s teaching blesses the one who practices the teaching. The teaching (AKA The Dhamma) isn’t magic as well, it’s practical and it’s sober although magic can happen. Check this out:

Here from the Mangala Sutta are the concise answers given by The Buddha to the question, “What is a blessing”?

  1. Not being around fools
  2. Being around the wise
  3. Remembering the honorable
  4. Having one‘s abode in a suitable place for safe practice
  5. Having done meritorious actions
  6. The pursuit of higher understanding
  7. Being rich in knowledge
  8. Being rich in skill
  9. to be highly restrained ethically
  10. Using only well-spoken words
  11. Supporting one’s parents
  12. Caring for the family
  13. Unconfused actions
  14. Generosity
  15. Right living
  16. Caring for one‘s relatives
  17. Refraining from unskillful things
  18. To abhor unwholeseome things
  19. To avoid unwholesome things
  20. To avoid intoxicants
  21. Diligence in righteousness
  22. Reverence
  23. Humility
  24. Contentment
  25. Gratitude
  26. Hearing the Dhamma at the right time
  27. Patience
  28. Compliance
  29. Seeing the monks
  30. Discussing the Dhamma
  31. Self-restraint
  32. A holy life
  33. Seeing The Four Noble Truths
  34. Realizing Nibbana
  35. A heart not trembling, unshaken
  36. A heart not trembling, sorrowless
  37. A heart not trembling, stainless
  38. A heart not trembling, secure (from Khuddaka Nikaya, Sutta Nipata 2.4)


The Buddha probably does bless even people that have never heard of the Buddha. The good karmic actions of Dhamma practice should have a ripple effect on many people.

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