Pariṇāmanā is a Sanskrit term which may be rendered in English as "merit transference" though in common parlance it is rendered as "dedication". The Pariṇāmanā or 'dedication' is a standard part of Buddhist spiritual discipline or practice (Sanskrit: sādhanā) where the practitioner's (or sadhaka's) accumulation of merit, spiritual power or siddhi (Sanskrit) is transferred to all sentient beings.
Nomenclature and etymology
Sevenfold Highest Practice
Parinamana - part of the Sevenfold Puja; transfer of merit; the merit earned in punyanumodana may be given over to help ease the sufferings and misfortunes of others who are less fortunate.
In Buddhism, Pariṇāmanā is "...one aspect of the Sevenfold Highest Practice". The Sevenfold Highest Practice is an English rendering of Saptavidhā Anuttarapūjā (Devanāgarī: सप्तविधा अनुत्तरपूजा; Tibetan: bla na med pa'i mchod pa rnam pa bdun).
Possibly related to the Pratimokṣya (Sanskrit) or Pātimokkha (Pali) renunciation vows of the early vinaya, as these suttas and sutras contain some of the same terminology.
- ↑ Gäng, Peter and Wetzel, Sylvia (editors)(2004). Buddhist Terms Multilingual Version. Buddhist Academy Berlin Brandenburg. Source:  (accessed: December 19, 2007)
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