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2007-05-01 Metta Sutta (Pali) 7:45
In collection Metta Chants In Pali, Burmese And English
2007-05-01 Metta In Deed, Speech, And Thought (Burmese) 1:30
In collection Metta Chants In Pali, Burmese And English
2007-05-01 Metta Chants In Pali, Burmese And English 41:55
Why Do We Chant?

While the Buddha was alive his words were recorded by monks and nuns who recited or chanted them and in this way, stored them in their memories. In time, and especially after the Buddha’s Parinibbāna, these chants became not only times to check the teaching, but also occasions to express one's devotion and confidence in the Buddha and an inspiration for one’s own practice and aspirations.

Over the centuries, additional verses have been composed by those teaching and transmitting the Dhamma as an aid to understanding the essence of the Dhamma. These verses are also regularly chanted by devoted Buddhists and practitioners.

When done with the right attitude, chanting is beneficial to one's practice. It reminds one of the Dhamma, and one is less likely to forget it. When meditation is not possible due to inner or outer disturbances, chanting can produce calm and peace within, as well as arouse energy and inspiration. One's confidence increases, and as a result, one feels lighter in body and mind.

The main body of the chants on this CD are mettā chants. They are preceeded by the verses of paying homage, going for refuge, and contemplating the attributes of the Triple Gem. The various mettā chants are followed by verses of dedication and sharing of merit and a blessing.

Mettā means loving kindness, friendliness, or goodwill. Mettā meditation aims to cultivate these qualities in one's heart and mind. Through the repeated development of these wholesome qualities, one becomes more compassionate and loving, thus reducing unwholesome qualities such as anger, ill will, or hatred.

Dedication and Aspiration

This CD is dedicated to the well-being and happiness of my parents, my teacher Chanmyay Sayadaw, my other spiritual teachers, my spiritual friends, and all living beings.

May the sounds of these chants echo throughout the entire world, so that they are heard in every corner of the three worlds. May everyone's heart be filled with strong and genuine mettā, and in this way, contribute to harmony, kindness, and peace among living beings.

2004-08-05 The Demons Of The Mind 1:10:51
In dealing with the demons of the mind that is with all the emotions and mental states causing fear, sorrow, attachment or any other sort of mental anquish we are able to courageously face them with bare awareness. When this awareness or mindfulness is strong without reacting to the experience, even the worst enemies are dissolved like the morning mist in the rising sun.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2004-07-29 The Essence Of Life (Dana-Sila-Bhavana) 58:07
How can we best make use of our material possessions, body and mind with regard to our spiritual practice? How can they be a support in our quest for liberation? The essences to be extracted from our material possessions, body and mind are generosity, virtue and meditation.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2004-07-22 Living In The Shade Of Metta 68:49
The practice of lovingkindness yields powerful and unexpected results both in formal meditation practice and in our daily life. Getting a thorough understanding of the spirit of metta helps to cultivate a genuine and selfless feeling of lovingkindness.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

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