Chanting

In the usual retreat at Khao Tham, every morning and evening we recite a subset of the traditional Theravada Buddhist chants. The chants are in the Pali language.

There is a very nice introduction to chanting, with audio and chanting sheets, at Anthony Markwell’s website. More chanting resources below

The chants

In the chants, we honor the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, and recommit ourselves to the Three Refuges and the Eight (Five) Precepts. And we do another set of chants to generate and build the metta (loving-kindness) in our hearts and send it out to the world — this is the culmination and purpose of our practice.

Here are the chants that we do. (Working on putting them all on pages here, with PDF files for printing.)

Said every morning – Morning Chanting:
To Buddha, Dharma, Sangha – araham samma-sambuddho …
Homage – namo tassa bhagavato …
Said morning and evening:
Going for Refuge – buddham saranam gacchami …
Taking the Eight [Five] Precepts – Panatipata veramani …
Said every evening – Evening Chanting:
Recollection of the Buddha – itipi so bhagava … and the Dhamma svakkhato bhavagata dhamo …
and the Sangha – svakkhato bhagavata dhammo …
Said morning and evening:
The Sublime Attitudes (brahma vihara) – mettakarunamuditaupekkha
Metta to oneself – aham sukhito homi
Pattidana – metta to everyone and everything (transference of merits) – idang me matapitunang hotu

Here is a page explaining basic pronunciation of Pali.

Sources

Texts of all the chants, in Pali and English, with explanations and sound files, are available on many websites.

  • A useful complete version of Theravada chants, in Pali and English, with guide to pronunciation, is given by Thanissaro Bhikku at DhammaTalks.org.
  • There is a very nice introduction to chanting, with audio and chanting sheets, at Anthony Markwell’s website.
  • One nice version can be viewed or downloaded as PDF from MahaMevnawa Buddhism Monastery [PDF]
  • Extended version of the morning and evening chants, as PDF or hard copy, at Forest Sangha.

With sound