Paritta Chanting | Luang Por Thong Daeng | Dhammagiri Sangha | Buddhist Pali Chanting | LP Tongdaeng | Ajahn Dhammasiha
Luang Por Thongdang, Ajahn Dhammasiha, Ajahn Moshe, Ajahn Khantiko, Ajahn Moneyyo and Tan Niddaro recite auspicious Paritta during Luang Por's visit to Dhammagiri.
Luang Por is chanting in the 'Makhot' style prevelant in the Dhammayut Nikāya, which is noticably different from the 'Sangyot' style that is normally chanted in Mahānikāya, including Ajahn Chah tradition. Fortunately, Ajahn Moshe and Ajahn Khantiko are familiar with this recitation style, and the rest of us gently blend in at lower volume, giving quite a unique result.
For the paritta chanting, a bowl of water often is placed in front of the senior monk. A candle is fixed to the wall of the bowl, and then lighted during the chanting. It continues dripping wax into the water bowl while the recitation continues.
The thumbnail for this podcast is a photo of the resulting candle wax drippings in the water bowl after the chanting concluded (anumodanā to Ajahn Moshe for taking the pic on Luang Por's suggestion).
As you can see, quite unusually, the dripping wax formed an almost perfect spiral. Luang Por mentioned that he regards this as wholesome and auspicious.
Despite some imperfections, I'm very happy with the recording. It's not easy to record audio in a live setting, even more so when the participating monks chant together for the first time, coming from different chanting traditions. I used one recording made with stereo mic capturing the full ambience in the Dhammahall, and mixed in a seperate second recording capturing only the four microphones in mono. I'm very glad about the resulting powerful and inspiring sound.
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