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1. Chanting in Buddhism can be classified into two main types according to tradition: i.e., Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada uses Pālī as the principal language, but Mahayana uses Sanskrit translated into the native language of each country.

The Purpose of chanting can be outlined as follows:
To maintain the original tradition by reciting the Buddha's teachingsTo use chanting as part of the religious ceremonies and traditional ritualsTo strengthen the faith of newcomers to BuddhismTo aid meditationTo be a basis for Buddhist education and increase wisdomTo build up inner strength of mind and to enhance the power of meditationTo dispel wicked and inauspicious thoughts occurring in one's mind

2. The chanting of the Thai Theravada sect is further divided into two styles. In one the chanting uses the original Pālī, in the other a Thai translation. Those who chant for the purposes of "d" and "e" above may like to use the translation, comprising Dhamma discussion f…

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Electronic Books Available

We wanted to provide a PDF snapshot of the current document. Allas this was not to be had yet at this time. What needs to be done is to put everything together by hand. So the PDF while it was to be a guide must now end up as a final piece.
It will be very time consuming to scan pages, fix the details, compile, collate and then make into a readable document that still will not have digital text. It makes more sense to copy to text by hand and make sure that a new document can be created and shared in as many ways as possible.

There are also certain parts that do not exists but are referred to in the original document. So to avoid confusion and enhance clarity this future PDF will be more comprehensive and cohesive document. We are basically now working to complete the digital text in order to create an Ebook in PDF, Mobi, ePub formats.