Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

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Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby Sacha G » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:16 pm

Hello,
B. Bodhi chants this text after his talks.
I suppose it's sri lankan.
Do you know if it's chanted in other traditions? And with the same tone?


Ettâvatâ ca amhehi - sambhatam puñña-sampadam
Whatever merits which we have thus acquired,
Sabba Devâ anumodantu - sabba-sampati siddhiyâ
may the Deities partake of it. May it contributes greatly to their happiness.

Ettâvatâ ca amhehi - sambhatam puñña-sampadam
Whatever merits which we have thus acquired,
Sabba Bhutâ anumodantu - sabba-sampati siddhiyâ
may the Bhutas (spirits) partake of it. May it contributes greatly to their happiness.

Ettâvatâ ca amhehi - sambhatam puñña-sampadam
Whatever merits which we have thus acquired,
Sabba Satta anumodantu - sabba-sampati siddhiyâ
may the Beings partake of it. May it contributes greatly to their happiness.


I like the melody very much. :candle:

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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:36 pm

Hi Sacha,

I'm almost 100% positive it's Pali, not Sinhalese.
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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:27 pm

Interesting question. As KB says, it's obviously Pali. My guess is that it is based on some sutta or other.

I would be interested in some knowledgeable comments about Sri Lankan chants. It's clear to me from occasionally attending Sri Lankan functions that the particular Pali passages they have chosen to make most use of do vary from the Thai chants that I'm familiar with. As I understand it the typical Thai chants http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... nting.html were assembled from sutta sources plus some newly-written continuity in the late 1800s. I imagine that in Burma and Sri Lanka a similar process happened.

And, of course, the the chanting is heavily influenced by the native language. Thai chanting tends to sound quite "musical" because the reciters read the normal Thai "tones" (rising, falling, etc...) into it.

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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby AyyaSobhana » Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:05 am

I researched the provenance of these Pali verses, and they are not canonical, but traditional. They are part of the preamble of the all-night pirit chanting popular in Sri Lanka. Bhikkhu Anandajoti has a nice essay about this tradition in the intro at, http://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/T ... /index.htm

"Undoubtedly the best known collection of Buddhist texts in Sri Lanka is the Catubhāṇavārapāḷi, the Text of the Four Recitals. On any given day of the year one would not have to go very far to find a complete recital of these texts being made, usually by monks, in an all-night sitting, as the Buddhist community regards such a recital as being particularly auspicious, and believes it brings safety, peace, and well-being in its wake. ... In terms of the media it would be hard to find any other book in Sri Lanka that has so many editions available, and most homes in the Buddhist community will possess and prize a copy. The Great Safeguard, or Mahāparittaṁ, which opens the recital has been recorded many times and can be heard morning and evening played over loudspeakers from homes and temples alike."

In Sri Lanka I was able to go to these all night house blessings a few times. The people thought it was interesting to see a foreign bhikkhuni who could pronounce Pali. Really a great experience.

Bhikkhu Anandajoti did not include this particular anumodana chant in his version, but it is given in Maha Pirit Pota, The Great Book of Protections, p. xxxv.

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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:11 am

Thank you, Ayya!
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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby Skeptic » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:01 pm

Sri Lankan type of chanting is my favourite, it's somehow more melodic than Thai or Burmese. It reminds me of chanting from the mosque, I sometimes shudder when I hear Sinhalese chanting. I don't know if this is the way they chant always in Sri lanka, and if Burmese and Thai chanting is always less melodic, but as far as I heard, Sinhala chanting is best style for me.

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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

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Re: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Postby Skeptic » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:46 pm

In fact, there it is, I have found it here under the title "Pali Devotional Chanting (MP3 Files)"

http://buddhanet.net/audio-chant.htm

...and You can read it and follow it with this pdf to really know what is all about in Pali and English:

http://buddhanet.net/pdf_file/vandana02.pdf


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