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    Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone uses chanting as part of their daily practice? I am aware of the chants used after the dhamma talks but are there any that people use on a regular basis in personal practice.

    Thanks.

  • #2
    Hi Michael,

    I do chant every day as part of my practice, but not very much. Usually I just do refuges and precepts. Occasionally something like the Metta Sutta. For me personally, it's not a big part of my practice. I find it useful to do a brief recollection of the 3 Jewels and Precepts everyday, but beyond that I haven't found chanting very supportive for my practice. And with limited time to practice I prefer to do meditation.

    But that's just me. I know other Buddhists who say that it's a very important part of their practice. My advice is, if you're not sure, try it out. And when I try a new practice out (admittedly, rather rare these days) I try it for at least two weeks and try to apply mindfulness to observe the affect it has on my mind. And for me, the ultimate test of any practice is how it affects the mind.

    peace; sol

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    • #3
      Some long term and devote Buddhists I know chant every day and meditate only occasionally.One told me sitting meditation works for some people,walking meditation for others and for some chanting is the way.The implication was that you do all the practices but concentrated on the one that worked best for you.

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      • #4
        Can you please share some of your Buddhist Chants. I love chanting it calms every part of me BUT they are hindu chants simply based on a few artists, which are more Hindu than Buddhist. I'd appreciate it.

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        • #5
          Hey Michelle, have a look/listen on the Home page: Dhammaloka Chanting

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          • #6
            Thank you so much Bo, just what I was looking for!!!

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            • #7
              I do it particularly for memorization of the direction, goal, and fruits. It is a reminder of what to put into practice. There's also the Parittas. They're very useful and encouraging.

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              • #8
                I do say "Sabba paapassa akaranang" every morning as a reminder to myself... I don't know if that qualifies as chanting but it really does help, especially when you know the meaning of what you are saying and can reflect on it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Prageeth Thoradeniya View Post
                  I do say "Sabba paapassa akaranang" every morning as a reminder to myself... I don't know if that qualifies as chanting but it really does help, especially when you know the meaning of what you are saying and can reflect on it.

                  Dear all my friends of Dhammaloka community!


                  Single chanting does not work but with understanding, which shows that how energetic, trustful, heedful and serious the reciter is in the matter. Without these energy, trust, heed and seriousness, whatever we do would be in no use. Its benefit would be little.
                  The Buddha always recommended actions led by wisdom. There are many people in Buddhist countries, may be in different religions, who pay more attention to mere chanting or reciting rather than understanding the meaning. While reciting or chanting something, their mind is away from it, going astray here and there. Habitual, recitation is ceaseless. It is just the recitation or chanting with no wisdom, and mindfulness and interest at all. That would be hard to produce its effect as fully as he or she wishes.

                  May you be peaceful!
                  With loving-kindness and humbleness!

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