I’d like to start memorizing suttas from Pali canon. I’m thinking of anything ranging from the length of a verse from the Dhammapada to longer discourses like Maha Satipatthana sutta. Given that the Buddhist tradition was primarily an oral one in its beginning, I imagine that monks and nuns during the Buddha’s time, and still today, have developed many techniques for efficiently and effectively memorizing suttas. However, a cursory search of the archive on sutta central and on google has revealed little in terms of actual techniques or instructions for how to go about doing this.
If anyone has any information on the topic and could point me in the right direction I’d greatly appreciate it. I’d also love to hear from anyone who has memorized a significant number of discourses about any tips they have, or what impact memorizing discourses has had on their practice.