Prayer/Chanting

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Prayer/Chanting

Postby ShanYin » Mon May 26, 2014 4:49 am

I am reading a book called "The Power Of Meditation"

It has inspired me to start prayer or chanting. It says it should be done as often as one would brush ones teeth.

There are many chants in the bottom of this page:

http://arrowriver.ca/dhamma.html

Can anyone tell me something about chanting and praying in the Theravada tradition? Just assume I don't know anything about "which is virtually true".
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby Mkoll » Mon May 26, 2014 4:58 am

Hi ShenYin,

There's chanting in the monasteries I've seen. There isn't any praying in the Judeo-Christian sense of the word.

A lot of meditators may start and/or end their meditation with some chanting such as paying homage to the Buddha, taking refuge, reaffirming the precepts, etc.
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby waterchan » Mon May 26, 2014 5:01 am

ShanYin wrote: It says it should be done as often as one would brush ones teeth.


Praying wasn't taught by the Buddha. There's nothing in the cosmos worth praying to. Theravada is based on the Pali suttas and you will not find prayer in the Buddha's teachings recorded in the suttas.

Chanting was occasionally taught by the Buddha, but it's not a core teaching in any sense, and is only of benefit when the words are understood. Usually the chanting done in monasteries is an expression of gratitude and a reaffirmation of the practices undertaken.

99% of the teachings are about practice and training the mind.
quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby tiltbillings » Mon May 26, 2014 5:03 am

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby tiltbillings » Mon May 26, 2014 5:04 am

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby cooran » Mon May 26, 2014 5:50 am


Thanks, Tilt. Interesting article.

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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon May 26, 2014 8:44 am

In the Theravāda, we have this prayer:

Imina puññakammena — mā me bāla-samāgamo,
sataṃ samāgamo hotu — yava nibbāna-pattiya.


By virtue of this wholesome act
Never may I live with fools
But with the wise have company
Until nibbāna’s attained.
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby ShanYin » Fri May 30, 2014 6:51 am

Can chanting be done in english? I could study the meaning of the chant's words.

I want to do this chant because it is a healing chant.

http://www.arrowriver.ca/chant/bojjhang.txt
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Re: Prayer/Chanting

Postby Sam Vara » Fri May 30, 2014 10:40 am

It says it should be done as often as one would brush ones teeth.


Once a year, whether they need it or not.
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