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Art Of Ancient Buddhist Chant (Paritta)

Bhikkhu Saranapala - University of Toronto / Westend Buddhist Monastery Toronto, Canada. Courtesy : Vesak Lipi

Buddhist Therapeutic Healing

This article is intended to clarify the nature of ancient Buddhist chant, and its significance to the admirers who are truly interested in inner peace and relaxation through melodious Buddhist chant. The ancient Buddhist chant has not been prevalent, even unknown and unheard, in the Western world although it has been a popularly daily cultural and spiritual exercise among the practitioners of Buddhism in Buddhist countries. However, later in this century, the westerners are slowly beginning to draw their attention to this ritual and spiritual practice.

It has been a curiosity in the minds of the Westerners as to how Buddhists perpetually maintain to be serene and peaceful amid the turmoil of the world. At the end of this article it may be clear to the curious as to why and how they are able to maintain such a life without stress and fear. Generally, Buddhists begin the daily household and office activities, as a ritual practice, by listening to the therapeutic chant (Pirith) by the Buddhist monks. It appears that this practice paves the way to the listeners to invigorate their life through the inter-connection with spiritual values in chanting.

In a secular, material society as if today, the materialists, who have totally immersed and devoted to sensual pleasures, may not be interested in seeking the spiritual values deeming such values have no influences over their lives. It seems that they tend to hold onto this view due to two materially obvious reasons: either because they are ignorant about the art of spiritual values or because they are indifferent to any religious and cultural values. Even though it is an urgent need for a peaceful life in their lives being exposed to the modern secular society, the materialists seek fleeting sensual pleasures by gratifying senses on account of their instantaneous need of fulfilling unfading thirst through materialism.

As a response to the materialists, the ancient spiritual leaders seem to (*In Sinhala "Pirith") have taught various venues to spiritual healing. To provide therapeutic values and spiritual healings to the Buddhist practitioners, the art of spiritual chant therefore has not recently been created by the Buddhists themselves as a remedy for a peaceful life, but an ancient art that has been long practiced within the Buddhist traditions and other religious traditions alike since the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, the healer of the world.
This technique is originally said to have designed for the monastic and the lay community alike as a religious practice to lay the foundation for the spiritual goal. Aiming at the spiritual goal, Buddhist philosophy can be practiced not only by employing the doctrine into practice as a strict training but also by reciting, hearing the sutras delivered by Sakyamuni Buddha. It is clear from the history of Buddhism, while the monastic have been practicing Buddhist doctrine by completely retiring to the forest habitation, the lay community have been practicing by remaining in the society by reciting and listening to discourses of the Buddha.

Therefore, it must be said that from its inception Buddhism has doubtless made a yeoman service to humankind by teaching a universal remedy to uproot the menacing human/social problem, which destroys joy and serenity and by providing spiritual healings. One may wonder as to what would this social/human problem be. As it is obviously seen in every corner of the society, it is nothing else but the suffering, insecurity and fear of losing things and people dear to all. Next>>

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