Spiritual chanting is an important part of Buddhist practice. The chanting of teachings is a way of opening both the intellect and the heart to the understanding contained in the words. It is a form of study and contemplation of truth, with the whole person engaged. Both the musical quality of chanting and meanings of the words aim to bring peace and stillness to the mind.
Our chanting is in the Pali language, the language closest to the speech of the Buddha. Listening to or chanting in Pali is an opportunity to feel more connected to the Early Buddhist Teachings.
Although it can be beneficial to chant alone, it is often in a group practice. Symbolically, the voices in the group become one voice, the voice of the Buddha. Through this, chanting becomes a potent medicine to extend to those who are suffering and in need of wisdom and compassion.