the role of chanting

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the role of chanting

Post by Sovatthika » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:32 am

has chanting always been an institute within the buddhist tradition or is it a more modern invention
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Post by _anicca_ » Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:40 am

From my knowledge, there wasn't Buddhist chanting during the time of the Buddha.

Chanting is for inspiration and a precursor to calm the mind in meditation.
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Re: the role of chanting

Post by mikenz66 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:23 am

Don't forget that the suttas were not initially written down. They were transmitted by chanting them.

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Re: the role of chanting

Post by SarathW » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:41 am

Chanting is a way of memorising the Sutta.
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