The 717 Chanting Book

Out of gratitude for the 717 sessions by Vens Sujato and Akaliko, I have made the 717 chanting book (inspired by that of Tilorien Monastery: Tilorien Chanting Book)! Look no further if you’d like to chant along. :anjal:

717_Chanting_Book.pdf (869.0 KB)


Nice, thanks so much!


Thank you for the amazing sessions. They are . . . healing. :anjal:

Update: I have compressed the book from 15 MB to 868.3 KB. Original file, sources, and LaTeX can all be found here: GitHub - cuboids/717: 717 Chanting Book.


Robbie, this is so beautifully done - many thanks :star_struck:

Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu


Thanks @Robbie, looks great! I’ll add the pdf to the Lokanta website if that’s okay?


There’s a niggahīta missing from the third verse of the Maṅgalasutta:

etaṃ maṅgalam-uttama > etaṃ maṅgalam-uttamaṃ


Thanks Venerable, should be fixed now.

Wow! I hope many will find it useful. :gift_heart: :slightly_smiling_face: If I find time for it, I will also see if I can make an EPUB version.

On a technical note, the best download link would be There may still be some slight mistakes in the current version, but I will make sure that the file called “717_Chanting_Book” in my 717 repo will always be up-to-date (I’m Cuboids on GitHub). :slightly_smiling_face:


The duck species portrayed on the Metta Sutta page is:

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Okay thanks @Robbie, I’ll change the link on the website later today to the one you’ve provided there. People are already finding it useful - and beautiful!


And, if we want more than a clear translation, here is Anandajoti’s grammatical analysis of the Maṅgala, Ratana and Mettā suttas:

What a treasure trove!


3 posts were split to a new topic: Beautiful BSWA chanting video

Here’s a recording of Bhante Sujato and I chanting the Ratana Sutta.


Dare we ask for recordings of the other two sutras and the preliminary chants by the time the lockdown lifts and the venerables go out into the community again? :pray:


Bhante @Akaliko, Thank you so much for the 717 sessions. It has been inspirational to be able to participate in live sessions in this way, something that’s hard for most of us to do everyday “in person”.

Given that these 717 live events will cease soon, would it be possible for you, or DhammaNet, to create a playlist of one of each of the sessions (including the refuges and recollection) for future use? It has been a pleasure to learn to chant these three suttas, and having the recordings available would be great, as I could continue to use them as part of my practice routine.



The grammatical analysis is great. But learning to chant these suttas has also got me interested in the metre. This, of course, one eventually absorbs by repetition, but it is interesting to understand how it works.

Ānandajoti Bhikkhu has a book: An Outline of the Metres in the Pāḷi Canon

There he has a detailed analysis of the Mangalasutta with light (v) and heavy (-) syllables indicated [I’ve subsituted a “v” here, to replace the special character used in the book]:

Here is a verse from Mangalasutta of Khuddakapāṭha (5: 1) together
with its analysis:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 || 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
v − − − ¦ v − − − ¦ ¦ − v − v ¦ v − v −
a & b Bahū devā manussā ca, ~ mangalāni acintayuṁ,
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 || 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
− − v − ¦ − − − − ¦ ¦ − v − v ¦ v − v −
c & d Ākankhamānā sotthānaṁ, ~ brūhi mangalam-uttamaṁ.


Thanks @mikenz66, it’s nice to know someone is watching! I’ll talk to dhammanet about some playlists. I think it’s a good idea.


I would love to have them going forward, but a playlist of three should be sufficient, shouldn’t it be? Some episodes transmitted better than others thanks to the vagaries of the NBN.

I have found these sessions so reassuring. I would love to have a portable soundtrack on my phone. A huge thank you for this lovely little bit of routine on a troubled sea, or something like that.


13 of use this morning… :pray:

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I couldn’t get on at lunchtime so I used yesterday’s. After all, time’s just an illusion.


How fitting that akaliko literally means ‘timeless’ :pray: