here are some of my favorite chants which I like not only for lyrics but also for nice harmonies or/and music. I would like to listen to your favorite musical chanting which for me replaced ‘‘ordinary’’ music:)
Please note: Ajahn Achalo chants are with instrumental music which I am not sure is suitable for monastic. His CD with these chants was distributed in Amaravati though:)
Pali Chanting by the monks of Metta Forest Monastery:
Karaṇīya Mettā Sutta
The Divine Mantra
From YT: Karaneeya Meththa Suthraya - කරණීය මෙත්ත සූත්රය -
This one shows parallel text – Pali / English – scrolling along with the recitation.
There’s also a youtube of the same rendition, with video of the chanter and the rather large accompanying group of monks and devotees (mostly women). Often can’t find it on-line (youtube belongs to Google – ultimately not to be trusted), but have a downloaded copy (using ClipGrab).
"Mendicants, there are these five drawbacks in reciting with a drawn-out singing sound.
You relish the sound of your own voice.
Others relish the sound of your voice.
Householders complain: ‘These ascetics, followers of the Sakyan, sing just like us!’
When you’re enjoying the melody, your immersion breaks up.
Those who come after follow your example.
These are the five drawbacks in reciting with a drawn-out singing sound.”
I agree with you if you are on 8 precepts. For 5ers I think it can be skillful reflection what music is and what it brings. Aggressive rap music is not the same what sounds of nature with the flute music.
Sometimes it could be nice compromise with non-practitioners while driving a car:)
I can see the distinction between recitation and chanting. In the light that rapping became music…
I understand that. I am a musician and I have a need to create and play from time to time. But I have abandoned my all old music as not skillful and looking for purer alternatives:)
I recently rediscovered an old cassette tape containing recitations (no music) of various suttas (details below).
I have no idea who the person reciting was, nor who produced the recording.
At the beginning of the recording, a lady (speaking with a very Received Pronunciation English accent) says: “[audio missing]…chant the Metta Sutta from the Sutta Nipata. The translation will be found on page 24 of the Rhinoceros Horn”.
The recording includes chants of:
Maha Paritta: mahamangala sutta, ratana sutta, karaniyametta sutta.
I’ve had the Audio/Visual team at my work digitise the cassette tape, so I now have a nice .wav file.
It would be nice to share it but I wouldn’t want to violate any outstanding copyrights.
Does anyone know this recording/ know who produced it etc?
Being somewhat naive and not a lawyer, I still would suggest that posting the recording here in the thread along with your question is actually an attempt to honor copyright and not a violation per se. However your own digitization of the tape does amend the work somewhat so there may be some reticence at posting your own digitization for whatever IP concern of your own you might have. In any event, posting an audio would help discovery.