Chanting
Parent topic: Devotional practice
Subtopic: Protective chants
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Metta Retreat, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 11, 2008

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3. “The lovingkindness chant includes 'May I abide in freedom from affliction.' Why is affliction not included in the wish for all beings?” [Goodwill] [Chanting] // [Divine Abidings] [Compassion]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 41.


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12. “What does it mean – the four pairs, the eight kinds of noble beings – in the recollection of the Sangha?” [Recollection/Saṅgha] [Chanting] [Stages of awakening] // [Commentaries]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 27: Recollection of the Saṅgha


Metta Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 12, 2008

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8. “Please explain in English the Pali chant you give as a blessing at the meal and at other occasions.” [Chanting] [Pāli] // [Translation] [Merit] [Similes] [Three Refuges]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 50


Metta Retreat, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Sep. 13, 2008

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7. “Just to clarify – when doing loving-kindness practice, is any phrase OK to repeat? They can be said as a chant, right? At any speed? Is any chant best for achieving concentration?” [Goodwill] [Meditation/Techniques] [Chanting] [Concentration] // [Nature of mind]

Quote: “What is really important is not so much the phrases or the methodology but the feeling that is established within the heart of lovingkindness.” [Emotion]

Simile: A tradesman with only one tool. [Similes]


Calming the Busy Mind, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Aug. 11, 2013

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2. “You said that starting with chanting can help focus the mind. But I find myself daydreaming while chanting.” [Chanting] [Tranquility] [Proliferation] // [Pāṭimokkha] [Energy]

Story: An elderly woman chants the Dhammacakka Sutta every day. [Chanting] [Ageing]


Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2013

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4. “I saw one of your new publications 'Don't Hold Back.' Why did you choose this title? The chapter on chanting answered many questions I had.” [Dhamma books] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Chanting]


Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2013

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16. “Why does the chanting book begin with the evening chanting first?” [Chanting]


Abhayagiri Monastic Retreat 2013, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 30, 2013

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10. “In the 'Supreme Praise of the Dhamma [and] the Sangha' why are the Dhamma and Sangha referred to as 'My Lord and guide?'” [Three Refuges] [Chanting]


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 23, 2014

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2. “In the chant on “The Buddha's Words on Loving Kindness,” what does the line that says “unburdened with duties” mean? Does it mean that we are to not have duties, or that we do not feel burdened by them, or does it mean something else? Thank you!” [Work] [Chanting]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 37 [Chanting]


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 25, 2014

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8. “Do the monks at Wat Pah Pong chant “Chinnabunchon?” Would you show how to chant it?” [Wat Pah Pong] [Chanting]


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12. “What is the English translation of the meal time blessing? Thank you.” [Gratitude] [Chanting]


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2014

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6. “I’m wondering why the chanting says, “for me there is no other refuge, the Buddha is my excellent refuge,” and the same for the Dhamma and the Sangha when all three are refuges. Also, why are the Dhamma and the Sangha referred to as “Lord?” Thank you.” [Chanting] [Three Refuges]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 23


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2014

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14. “Please tell us what the chant is referring to when it mentions the “3-fold bliss.” Thank you!” [Chanting] [Happiness]


2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2015

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7. “Why is the Buddha referred to in the present tense in the chants? Is it because we are referring to the present potential within us?” [Buddha] [Chanting]


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13. “How important is chanting for one's practice? Do you have any tips for how to recite/remember the Pali chants?” [Chanting] [Memory]


2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 28, 2015

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8. “What chants would you recommend as suitable to use for patients who may be in hospice or close to death? Can Buddhist monks give last rites?” [Death] [Chanting]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 5Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 23, 2016

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2. “Can you please talk about some of the changes in the new version of the morning chant and which ones, if any, (and why) resonate with you?” [Chanting]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 24, 2016

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8. “What does the threefold bliss mean in the Verses of Sharing and Aspiration?” [Happiness] [Chanting]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 25, 2016

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8. “Does all the chanting we are doing go back to Buddha’s time or has some of it evolved later?” [Chanting] [History/Early Buddhism]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 26, 2016

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9. “Is the blessing chant after receiving food only reserved to monks or are there appropriate occasions when lay people can chant it? Which Pali verses are your favorite to enjoy sound and poetic beauty of the language?” [Chanting] [Pāli]


The Teaching and the Training, Session 7Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 23, 2018

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3. “Can you talk about Ajahn Chah's use of bowing, communal pūjās, and chores?” [Ajahn Chah] [Chanting] [Saṅgha] [Work] [Monastic life] [Bowing] // [Becoming] [Mutual lay/Saṅgha support] [Respect for elders]

Story: A Westerner asks Ajahn Chah, "Why do we bow?"


The Teaching and the Training, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 26, 2018

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2. “What does morning pūjā contribute?” [Chanting] [Monastic life] [Saṅgha] // [Devotion to wakefulness]


Chanting, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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4. Story: Learning the Paṭimokkha. [Pāṭimokkha] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Chanting] // [Ajahn Chah] [Culture/India]

Responses by Ajahn Ñāṇiko, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Kaccāna. [Chanting]


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8. “Can we approach chanting as praying for someone in a difficult situation?” [Christianity] [Devotional practice] [Family] [Health] [Chanting] // [Skillful qualities] [Compassion] [Right Intention] [Merit] [Abhayagiri] [Nature of the cosmos]


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9. “How can you use chanting to work with long-term physical pain and other people's healing?” [Pain] [Health] [Chanting] // [Tranquility] [Concentration] [Fear] [Release]


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10. “Are there any chants that are inappropriate for laypeople to chant?” [Lay life] [Chanting]


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11. “How can you chant to generate energy?” [Energy] [Chanting] // [Postures] [Mindfulness of breathing]


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12. “Is there any danger to chanting?” [Chanting]


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13. “The fourth precept used to be translated as false and harmful speech. In the new chanting book, it's just lying. Is there a reason for this?” [False speech] [Pāli] [Chanting] // [Right Speech]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 130

Sutta: MN 41: Saleyyaka Sutta


Chanting, Session 2Ajahn Karuṇadhammo and Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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1. “Sometimes there's no pause between the words we're chanting. Why?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [History/Early Buddhism] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 129: Five Precepts.


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2. “Are the dots under m and n [ṃ, ṇ] that inscrutable non-English sound that was mentioned earlier?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Pāli]

Follow-up: “And that has nothing to do with the pitch going down? That's the carat mark?” [History/Western Buddhist monasticism]


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3. Comment: It seems like we stretch out 'saha' in the request for the Five Precepts (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 126). [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


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4. “Can you explain the rythym and scanning of the seventh of the Eight Precepts (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 135)?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Eight Precepts] [Entertainment and adornment] [Chanting] [Pāli]


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5. Comment: I also get tripped up chanting the fifth precept (Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 130). [Five Precepts] [Intoxicants] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Thai]


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7. Comment: We usually chant like that [a simple style] in primary school. It changes when we get to high school. [Culture/Thailand] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


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8. “Do you have any suggestions for audio support for chanting?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno. [Dhamma online] [Chanting] [Pāli]

Reference: Abhayagiri Chanting Karaoke [Chanting]

Note: The recordings on this website come from the older 2010 Abhayagiri Chanting Book.


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9. “Are there any standards for the high and low tone marks?” Answered by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Pāli] // [Thai]


Chanting, Session 3Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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1. “Are the paritta chants not as effective in English?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Translation] [Language] [Pāli] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Devotional practice]


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2. “Do you find these chants as resonant here as in Thailand?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Culture/Thailand] [Culture/West] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Faith]


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3. “I notice that most of the paritta chants don't have English translations. Is there a place we can find these?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Translation] [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Sutta]

Suttas: DN 32: Āṭānāṭiya Sutta; SN 46.14-16: Sick [Chanting] [Sickness] [Factors of Awakening]


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5. Comment: There are a couple books that have some parittas in English. [Translation] [Dhamma books] [Chanting] [Protective chants]

Reference: The Book of Protection by Piyadasi Thera

Response by Ajahn Ñāṇiko: Suggestion to read the Suttanipāta commentaries available in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of this text. [Sutta] [Commentaries] [Bhikkhu Bodhi]


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7. “Is there a rule of thumb for the pitches for the paritta chanting?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Karuṇadhammo. [Chanting] [Protective chants] // [Thai]


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8. “The Verses of Sharing and Aspiration translates paccekabuddha as 'The Solitary Buddha is my noble guide.' What's going on here?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno. [Chanting] [Translation] [Buddha] // [Merit] [Teaching Dhamma]

Reference: Amaravati Chanting Book, p. 33