Pali chants to show respect to teachers

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Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Uttamaram » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:53 am

Dear Sir,

I pray daily on Pali chants such as Vandana, Tri-Sarana, Panca-Sila and Buddha / Dhamma / Sangha Vandana. Every year, I will also pay respect to the masters of the temple where I learnt Buddhist studies from. I will join the temple in their celebration and do it at home on the 1st day of a new year.

I would like to learn the Pali chants for me to pay respect to my parents, my current and past teachers and of course the Buddha / Dhamma / Sangha. I read an article about the wai khru for Thai massage and they have a Pali chants for that. Does anybody can advice me with the Pali chants for me to specifically pay respects at home to the statue of the masters that are placed at my alter?

I will appreciate anybody that helps in supplying this Pali chants.

Sadhu x 3

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Re: Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:53 pm

These are the gāthās in popular use in Thailand:

Mother and father

Anantaguṇasampannā, janetti-janakā ubho,
Mayhaṃ mātāpitūnaṃ va, pāde vandāmi sādaraṃ.

http://www.learningthai.com/sound/chanting_04.mp3

Teachers

Pācerācariyā honti, guṇuttarānusāsakā.
Paññāvuḍḍhikaretete, dinnovāde namāmihaṃ.

http://www.learningthai.com/sound/chanting_05.mp3

On the audio files the Pali is followed by a chant in Thai.
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,

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Re: Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Uttamaram » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:39 am

Thanks Bro Dhammanando,

This is helpful! :smile:

I am trying to google for their translation but i couldn't. Do you mind to share with me? Thanks!

Sadhu x 3

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Re: Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:11 am

Mother and father

Anantaguṇasampannā, janetti-janakā ubho,
Mayhaṃ mātāpitūnaṃ va, pāde vandāmi sādaraṃ.

anantaguṇasampannā – possessed of virtue(s) without limit
janetti-janakā – fathers and mothers (lit. "generators and genetrices")
ubho – both
mayhaṃ – my
mātāpitūnaṃ – mother and father
va – indeclinable particle; no need to translate here
pāde – feet
vandāmi – I salute
sādaraṃ – reverentially

"Both fathers and mothers are possessed of virtues without limit;
I reverentially salute the feet of my mother and father."

I'll do the other one later, if someone else doesn't do it first.
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,

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Re: Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:14 am

Teachers

Rendering the words in line with the Thai translation, which is expansive rather than literal...

pācerācariyā – primary and secondary school teachers, trainers of apprentices, and college professors
honti – are
guṇuttarānusāsakā – instructors in secular disciplines who are of superior virtue
paññāvuḍḍhikareti – causing growth in understanding
ete – these
dinnovāde – who have given advice
namāmi – pay homage to / prostrate to
ahaṃ – I

“Teachers are the exalted transmitters of worldly knowledge and skills.
I pay homage to these advisors who cause understanding to flourish.”
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,

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Re: Pali chants to show respect to teachers

Postby Uttamaram » Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:02 pm

hi Bro Dhammanando,

Thank you so much! They are very meaningful :)

Sadhu x 3


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