Why do Buddhists chant?

When we learn and constantly reflect on the meaning behind the verses which we chant, we can eventually imbue these values into our lives.

The practice of chanting forms a basic yet invaluable aspect of Buddhist education.  The verses recited contain universal truths, values and virtues uttered by the Buddha Himself, and have been passed down through generations to not just recite, but to understand, reflect and realise.  This practice is especially helpful in our modern hectic lifestyle as it helps us develop the Three C’s – Calm, Clarity, and Concentration.

Verses of Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels reestablishes our confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha as our guide in making wise choices so that we lead meaningful lives.  Undertaking The Five Precepts helps us to relinquish actions that bring harm to ourselves and others.  Reciting the suttas (scriptures) lets us delve into the teachings of the Buddha that lead us to insight of kindness, mindfulness and truthfulness.

Nevertheless, we should also remind ourselves that the practice of chanting is merely a means, and not something we should attach to in its form.  It is merely a process of gradually training oneself, evolving spiritually towards Enlightenment.