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Introduction to Chanting
with Fred Schwieg
December 3 / 8:00 PM - December 3 / 9:00 PM
Chanting in the morning and evening helps to provide a sense of twenty-four-hour practice. The
events of the day and the night are sandwiched between periods of practice. In the morning, the
chants provide the first spark of connection to the lineage, the teachings, and to our discipline. In
the evening, they can provide a sense of summing up and recalling the entire day in the context of
dharmic activity. Even if done just at the begining and end of a practice session chanting helps with the transition from daily life, to the cushion and back again.
Chanting is considered as a practice in itself. It is important to be present and mindful of
what one is doing. Chanting is a proclamation of the teachings themselves. We are not
mouthing meaningless words; we can have a sense of their meaning. In this way, hearing,
contemplating, and meditating can occur.
This is a short presentation on the Shambhala daily chants and the style of chanting used in Shambhala.