Chanting is an important and powerful part of Zen training and practice at Windhorse. Many people who visit Windhorse ask for a copy of our chant book, so we have decided to make it available online.
Some tips on chanting:
- The best posture for chanting is in seiza, or kneeling with the buttocks resting on the heels. If this is not comfortable, you may use a bench or a sideways zafu. You may also sit in any cross legged position or in a chair. The most important thing is that the low belly is unconstrained and open.
- Chant from the low belly. Allow your chest, throat and head become resounding chambers. Do not focus on how the sound comes out.
- Do not worry about understanding the meaning of a chant while chanting. Simply allow the words to flow through without holding on to anything.