Evening Chants

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Evening Chants

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:23 am

I chant in the morning before meditating by taking the precepts, refuges, and doing the traditional "Namo tassa..." It really helps me center myself and get into mindfulness mode.

In the evenings, however, I don't have quite the same ability as I can't just retake the precepts or whatever. Does anyone know any traditional evening chants, perhaps chants of reflection or encouragement or something?

I'm open to pretty much anything I guess. What are some tradition chants that people end the day with?

Thanks!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: Evening Chants

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:59 am

Hi LY,

Over the years I've come to prefer doing vandana and the parittas at night (primarily the Metta Sutta, the Maha-Mangala Sutta, Jayamangala Gatha, etc...) but Than Geoff has a downloadable version of the Wat Metta CHant book here which lists their eveining chants and recollections: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/dhammayut/chanting.html#evening

I compiled and had printed my own list of suttas and gathas but also use the compilation edited by Ven. Gunaratana. I hope this helps. Metta! :heart:
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Re: Evening Chants

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:57 am

Learn the introduction to the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta by heart — its quite short and easy to memorise:

“Ekāyano ayaṃ, bhikkhave, maggo sattānaṃ visuddhiyā, sokaparidevānaṃ samatikkamāya, dukkhadomanassānaṃ atthaṅgamāya, ñāyassa adhigamāya, nibbānassa sacchikiriyāya, yadidaṃ cattāro satipaṭṭhānā.

“Katame cattāro“ Idha, bhikkhave, bhikkhu kāye kāyānupassī viharati ātāpī sampajāno satimā, vineyya loke abhijjhādomanassaṃ; vedanāsu vedanānupassī viharati ātāpī sampajāno satimā, vineyya loke abhijjhādomanassaṃ; citte cittānupassī viharati ātāpī sampajāno satimā, vineyya loke abhijjhādomanassaṃ; dhammesu dhammānupassī viharati ātāpī sampajāno satimā, vineyya loke abhijjhādomanassaṃ.

This, monks, is the only way for the purification of beings, for the transcendence of grief and lamentation, for the extinguishing of pain and sorrow, for attaining the right method, for the realisation of nibbāna, that is the four foundations of mindfulness.

What four? Here, monks, a monk dwells mindful of the body in the body, ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world; he dwells contemplating feelings in feeling ... consciousness in consciousness ... mental objects in mental objects, ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful, having overcome covetousness and grief concerning the world.
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Re: Evening Chants

Postby UhBaUnTaUh » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:45 am

Clear your job.
Check your eyes health.
Close your eyes and make your chants faster.
Create a new rhythm of chants.
Call me to require a newer pali from this side.
Click on "the post new topic button" to ask about the meaning of your bchanting sutta.
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