There are so many chant’s that exist today, mainly in the ancient language in which today we call Bali Sanskrit language. Luckily, there have been knowledgeable persons who have translated the chants for us to read today.

 

In this article, informations and the meaning of the chants are credited to the book Daily Chanting, by Anandajoti Bhikkhu. In this book, he has beautifully represented the art of chanting, the reason for chanting, and the translation that each chant sets out, sending the message to the great Lord Buddha. There are almost 40 chants in this book, where we will focus on three main chants that are the most popular to chant everyday in the lives of the Thai people. This article is meant to introduce to those who are interested in starting to Chant and is only the very beginning chants to choose from, there are many other chants that the Thai people know where they all have very special and meaningful translations including strong powers that affect the life of the chanter, therefor this article is to not be taken as a critical attempt as the only goal of the writer is to help spread common Thai chants, not to intentionally set forth only three chants and not regard the rest that exists. Anandajoti states that, the chant that we choose to chant each day is not on a random selection, they are arranged in order by three steps. Firstly, is the Recollection, this is what we call the repetition of the Three Treasures, most chanting sessions will begin with this chant. Next, is the Puja, the chant that choose on this step depends on what we are wishing to focus on, such as where do we want the benefits of the chant to go to others or our selves or for those you love that have passed away, etc. Another consideration in Puja, is what we are offering to the monk, or to a spirit house, or any offering that we intend to give with a blissful clean heart. Lastly, is the Parittam, some of the chants that are chanted in this part include the common ending to a chanting session that are chosen depending on what day it is, or on what and where the occasion for the chanting is. 

Almost every time we chant, we will have to begin with the Reverence, this is the common one sentence chant, repeated three times that states,

 

Namo tassa pakawat toh arahat toh samma sam putthasa “

 

            After chanting the a Reverence chance, you then pray in Panommue with your hands together and bow to the floor three times.

 

            1. The Worshipping the Virtues of the Sangha chant (Puja): This chant intends to point out the worship of the gracious values of the Sangha. The chant states that The Gracious Sangha of disciples are good, straight, systematic, and correct in their practice. It further goes to say that the four pairs of persons which is eight persons in total, is one of the disciples of Sangha, this makes them worthy of offerings, hospitality, gifts, salute, that comes their way and that are gifted to them as an offering. They act as a field of merit for the world as a medium to merit. The next paragraph of the chant then states that whether who the Sangha is, in the past, the present, and the future, that will always be the best refuge. This is the truth and the blessing of success. The Sangha is supreme in three main ways, and that if there is any fault or wrong done, may Sangha grant forgiveness for such wrong ways. The three signs shall always be kept in mind, along with equanimity, and Nibbana. That you give your head to Sangha, bowing down three times, this is to, the teacher, the words of heedfulness, to the shrines, and to the preceptor. For evil not to be in one's mind, worship wherever the shrines stand. That there may be merit, and that if there is any obstacle for it to all be destroyed.

 

            2. Safeguard Recitals, The Invitation to the Gods (Parittam): This chant invites all gods in the universe to come to listen on the Dhamma, regarding heaven and the release, and the Safeguard (Repeated three times).

 

            3. Worshipping the Virtues of the Buddha: This chant starts out by stating that Lord Buddha is Gracious, Worthy, and Perfect. He is understanding and does good conducts. Furthermore, he is fortunate and understands the worlds in the universe. He is a guide for those who lack training, as a teacher for all including gods and men as he is the gracious one. I (referring to the chanter), is a lifelong refuge to Lord Buddha until Nibbana. It doesn't matter which Buddha, whether in the past, present or future, there is always a sense of worship because Buddha is the only one and is the best, it is the truth and it comes with the blessing of success. Even the dust off of Buddha feet is worshipped upon the head of the chanter, if there is any wrong or faulty done then the worshipper wishes for forgiveness.

 

            There are many more chants that deliver good messages to self and out into the universe, a good place to start would be these three basic chants. After you chant, if you have enough time it is strongly recommended to meditate afterwards, this will help calm your mind to a state of peace free of worries and also help exercise the powers of will through chanting and worshipping Lord Buddha.