Saturday, October 11, 2008
Buddhist Chants - Pali / English
A Buddhist chant is a form of musical verse or incantation, in some ways analogous to Hindu or Christian religious recitations. They exist in just about every part of the Buddhist world, from the Wats in Thailand to the Tibetan Buddhist temples of India. Almost every Buddhist school has some tradition of chanting associated with it, regardless of being Theravada, Mahayana, or Vajrayana.
There are also a number of New Age and experimental schools related to Buddhist thought which practice chanting, some with understanding of the words, others merely based on repetition.