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you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

Chanting in the Triratna Tradition – Prasadachitta

Jun 8, 2023

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In this interactive talk, Prasadachitta reflects on the practice of chanting and then leads the sangha in a few chants. In the Triratna tradition, chanting engages the imagination, which helps counterbalance the more cognitive aspects of the dharma teachings that engage mostly the rational mind.

He describes how chanting and imagery can help us open up to all aspects of the present moment, the vast world around us, and our own being.

In one, he introduces the figure of Green Tara from the South Indian tradition, who rose from the lake of tears shed by the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

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Prasadachitta was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2011 and he became the Chair of the San Francisco Buddhist Center in April 2022. He was born on a “back to the land” commune in rural Northern California and that background has inspired his engagement with others in building the SFBC’s rural meditation center called Dharmadhara. He also helped to establish a community of sangha members who support the retreats there. He supports himself as a documentary filmmaker and photographer but his real life’s work is training others who want to practice Buddhism within the Triratna Buddhist Community.