|Why Do We Chant?
While the Buddha was alive his words were recorded by monks and nuns who recited or chanted them and in this way, stored them in their memories. In time, and especially after the Buddha’s Parinibbāna, these chants became not only times to check the teaching, but also occasions to express one's devotion and confidence in the Buddha and an inspiration for one’s own practice and aspirations.
Over the centuries, additional verses have been composed by those teaching and transmitting the Dhamma as an aid to understanding the essence of the Dhamma. These verses are also regularly chanted by devoted Buddhists and practitioners.
When done with the right attitude, chanting is beneficial to one's practice. It reminds one of the Dhamma, and one is less likely to forget it. When meditation is not possible due to inner or outer disturbances, chanting can produce calm and peace within, as well as arouse energy and inspiration. One's confidence increases, and as a result, one feels lighter in body and mind.
The main body of the chants on this CD are mettā chants. They are preceeded by the verses of paying homage, going for refuge, and contemplating the attributes of the Triple Gem. The various mettā chants are followed by verses of dedication and sharing of merit and a blessing.
Mettā means loving kindness, friendliness, or goodwill. Mettā meditation aims to cultivate these qualities in one's heart and mind. Through the repeated development of these wholesome qualities, one becomes more compassionate and loving, thus reducing unwholesome qualities such as anger, ill will, or hatred.
Dedication and Aspiration
This CD is dedicated to the well-being and happiness of my parents, my teacher Chanmyay Sayadaw, my other spiritual teachers, my spiritual friends, and all living beings.
May the sounds of these chants echo throughout the entire world, so that they are heard in every corner of the three worlds. May everyone's heart be filled with strong and genuine mettā, and in this way, contribute to harmony, kindness, and peace among living beings.