Buddhist Chanting

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On Sunday, February 16, 2014, I posted here on the subject of Buddhist Chanting. Below will follow the video posted at that time and the complete text of the chants in the video.

PART ONE: Homage and Refuge

The Blessed One is Worthy & Rightly Self-awakened.
I bow down before the Awakened, Blessed One. (Bow)

The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One.
I pay homage to the Dhamma. (Bow)

The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples has practiced well.
I pay respect to the Sangha. (Bow)

[I have copied these directly from a chanting book PDF — I chant them in a slighly different manner. I apologize for the apparent discrepancy.]

I go to the Buddha for refuge.
I go to the Dhamma for refuge.
I go to the Sangha for refuge

A second time, I go to the Buddha for refuge.
A second time, I go to the Dhamma for refuge.
A second time, I go to the Sangha for refuge.

A third time, I go to the Buddha for refuge.
A third time, I go to the Dhamma for refuge.
A third time, I go to the Sangha for refuge.

I undertake the training rule to refrain from taking life.
I undertake the training rule to refrain from stealing.
I undertake the training rule to refrain from sexual misconduct.
I undertake the training rule to refrain from telling lies.
I undertake the training rule to refrain from intoxicating liquors & drugs that lead to heedlessness.

We have gone for refuge to the Blessed One, the Blessed One who is our Teacher and in whose Dhamma we delight. With these offerings we worship most highly that Blessed One together with the True Dhamma & the Sangha of his disciples.

Now let us chant the preliminary passage in homage to the Awakened One, the Blessed One:

Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Rightly Self-awakened One. (Three Times)

PART TWO: Recollection and Praise

Now let us give high praise to the Awakened One:

He who has attained the Truth, the Worthy One, Rightly Self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, one who has gone the good way, knower of the cosmos, unexcelled trainer of those who can be tamed, teacher of human & divine beings; awakened; blessed who made known—having realized it through direct knowledge—this world with its devas, maras, & brahmas, its generations with their contemplatives & bramans, their rulers & common people; who explained the Dhamma fine in the beginning, fine in the middle, fine in the end; who expounded the holy life both in its particulars & in its essence, entirely complete, surpassingly pure:

I worship most highly that Blessed One, to that Blessed One I bow my head down. (Bow)

Now let us give high praise to the Dhamma:

The Dhamma well-expounded by the Blessed One, to be seen here & now, timeless, inviting all to come & see, pertinent, to be seen by the observant for themselves:

I worship most highly that Dhamma, to that Dhamma I bow my head down. (Bow)

Now let us give high praise to the Sangha:

The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced well, the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced straightforwardly, the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced methodically, the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples who have practiced masterfully,

i.e., the four pairs—the eight types—of noble ones: That is the Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples— worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, the incomparable field of merit for the world:

I worship most highly that Sangha, to that Sangha I bow my head down. (Bow)

PART THREE: Topics for Chastened Dispassion

Now let us recite the stanzas in salutation to the Triple Gem together with the passage on the topics inspiring a sense of chastened dispassion:

The Buddha, well-purified, with ocean-like compassion, possessed of the eye of knowledge completely purified, destroyer of the evils & corruptions of the world: I revere that Buddha with devotion.

The Teacher’s Dhamma, like a lamp, divided into Path, Fruition, & the Deathless, both transcendent & showing the way to that goal: I revere that Dhamma with devotion.

The Sangha, called a field better than the best, who have seen peace, awakening after the one gone the good way, who have abandoned heedlessness—the noble ones, the wise: I revere that Sangha with devotion.

By the power of the merit I have made in giving reverence to the Triple Gem worthy of only the highest homage, may all my obstructions cease to be.

Here, One attained to the Truth, Worthy & Rightly Self-awakened, hasappeared in the world,

and Dhamma is explained, leading out [of samsara], calming, tending toward total Unbinding, going to self-awakening, declared by one who has gone the good way.

Having heard the Dhamma, we know this:

Birth is stressful, aging is stressful, death is stressful,

sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair are stressful,

association with things disliked is stressful, separation from things liked is stressful, not getting what one wants is stressful.

In short, the five clinging-aggregates are stressful, namely:

the form clinging-aggregate,
the feeling clinging-aggregate,
the perception clinging-aggregate,
the fabrication clinging-aggregate,
the consciousness clinging-aggregate.

So that they might fully understand this, the Blessed One, while still alive, often instructed his listeners in this way, many times did he emphasize this part of his admonition:

“Form is inconstant,
Feeling is inconstant,
Perception is inconstant,
Fabrications are inconstant,
Consciousness is inconstant,
Form is not-self,
Feeling is not-self,
Perception is not-self,
Fabrications are not-self,
Consciousness is not-self,
All fabrications are inconstant,
All phenomena are not-self.”

All of us, beset by birth, aging, & death, by sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs, beset by stress, overcome with stress, (consider),

“O, that the end of this entire mass of suffering & stress might be known!”

Though the total Unbinding of the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Rightly Self-awakened One, was long ago, we have gone for refuge in him, in the Dhamma, & in the Bhikkhu Sangha,

we attend to the instruction of the Blessed One, as far as our mindfulness & strength will allow, and we practice accordingly.

May this practice of ours bring about the end of this entire mass of suffering & stress.

PART FOUR: The Discourse on Goodwill

This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace:

Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited, content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters. Do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure.

[Think:] Happy & secure, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, living near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere, or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer.

As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings.

With goodwill for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without enmity or hate.

Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one’s drowsiness is gone, one should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding here & now.

Not taken with views, but virtuous & consummate in vision, having subdued desire for sensual pleasures, one never again will lie in the womb.

PART FIVE: Dedication of Merit

May all beings—without limit, without end—have a share in the merit just now made, and in any other merit I have made.

Those who are dear & kind to me—beginning with my mother & father— whom I have seen or never seen; and others, neutral or hostile;

beings established in the cosmos—the three realms, the four modes of birth, with five, one, or four aggregates—wandering on from realm to realm:

If they know of my dedication of merit, may they themselves rejoice, and if they do not know, may the devas inform them.

By reason of their rejoicing in my gift of merit, may all beings always live happily, free from animosity.

May they attain the Serene State, and their radiant hopes be fulfilled.

Original Blog Post: https://hickersonia.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/theravada-chanting-primer/

Materials derived from: http://dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/ChantingGuide.pdf

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