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Pariṇāmanā is a Sanskrit term which may be rendered in English as "merit transference" though in common parlance it is rendered as "dedication".[1] 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

Pariṇāmanā (Devanāgarī: परिणामना "transformation; bringing to full development". Tibetan: bsío ba).

Sevenfold Highest Practice

Orientalia (2004) in mentioning punyanumodana and pūjā states that:

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.[2]

In Buddhism, Pariṇāmanā is " 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).

Parinamana Gatha


  1. ^ Gäng, Peter and Wetzel, Sylvia (editors)(2004). Buddhist Terms Multilingual Version. Buddhist Academy Berlin Brandenburg. Source: [1] (accessed: December 19, 2007)
  2. ^ Source: [2] (accessed: December 19, 2007)

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