Morning Chants: The Lotus Sutra


20 Apr 2019, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM


World Music


The recitations of sutras and mantras are part of the daily practice of ordained Buddhists. At Shan Guang Buddhist Vihara,  the morning begins with a series of melodious chants called patha in Sanskrit, from the Lotus Sutra, one of the most important texts that expounds on the teachings of the Buddha. 

Shan Guang Buddhist Vihara is founded by Rev. Hsiongcai, a priest ordained under the Kempon Hokke Buddhist Order. Prior to his ordination, he was trained in traditional patha music.

The group formed by him consists of many young, enthusiastic and passionate people who altogether have more than 10 years of experience. They perform patha and are known for bringing the form to greater heights.

Shan Guang’s resident music arranger and musician Spencer Tan has won three National Chinese Music competitions organised by the National Arts Council. He studied the Chinese dulcimer at Central Conservatory of Music.

Catch the group perform traditional patha music used in blessings and funerals, to get a deeper understanding of the significance of procession. They will be accompanied on instruments such as bells, chimes, the Chinese trumper, dizi, Chinese dulcimer, drums, gongs and cymbals.

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