Sunday September 16, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Chants, Music and Mindfulness, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday Sept 18, 8 – 8:30 pm.
Schedule: Drop-in Meditation 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, with a Chanting theme, on Sunday July 8, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 6:30 – 6:40 pm roughly; 6:40 – 7:30 pm – Discussion on the topic Chants, Music and Mindfulness. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. See you Sunday.
Chanting is a common in Buddhism and also reflective practices in religion.
We explore: Why chant? What is its aim? Historical aspects. Chants in modern music. Create your own chant.
A key aspect of mindfulness is turning toward reality, the present, in a compassionate and heart-filled way. While practicing mindfulness we turn our awareness by focusing on the coming and going of breath (breath meditation), body sensations (body scan), movement, among many others. Most activities can be used for meditative practice. The key is not emptying the mind (which is impossible), but activity in which we hold attention lightly and playfully, on some focus. In fact a better challenge question is to find an activity which can’t be used for meditative practice!
For a take in modern World Music see the Haya Band and Imee Ooi’s versions of the Ancient Ohm Mani Padme Hum Chants:
We’ll discuss and try two of the most famous chants in Buddhism.
The Ohm chant: you may be familiar with in Yoga. Predates Buddhism with Brahman-Hindu origins. In Buddhism, among its many meanings, is that of the sound of the Universe, and the compassionate unity of all beings. Despite many ads on youtube, for the deepest, the best, Ohm chant etc, the goal is not one of performance, but a simple
invitation and opening to the unity of all things. Just let it happen, and don’t try to control it in any way.
The Ohm Mani, Padme Hum Chant: After Ohm, this is perhaps the most famous Buddhist chant. It is ancient, and the current Dalai Lama, describes it: It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… There appears to be no literal translation of the 6 syllables, of the chant, that seems only partly related to difficulty of translation from original Sanskrit. Instead the there are numerous qualities associated with each of the syllables, and some practitioners regard its effects as beyond strict meaning. Briefly Ohm is the sound of everything, and enhances the practice of generosity. The path of enlightenment is represented by the following 5 syllables: Ma enhances ethics; Ni enhances tolerance and patience; Pad indicates diligence to reduce prejudice and Me turning away from possessiveness; Purity is achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable Hum, which indicates indivisibility.
The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) : is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts. Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally. Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, please see our website (usually by the previous Thursday):
http://londonmindfulnesscommunity.org (and its associated FB page, search London Mindfulness Community on FB). Attendance at our meditations, except for special programs such as the one above, is free (donations are accepted which go towards buy materials for the studio and learning resources).