[Buddha-l] Re: liturgical languages] (Richard P. Hayes)

Richard P. Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Thu May 5 20:09:03 MDT 2005

On Fri, 2005-05-06 at 01:44 +0200, zelders.YH wrote:

> I think this could be the passage that Richard has in mind. 

Yes, thank you kindly for finding the passage. That is one of the texts
I had in mind. There is another, perhaps near this one, that has the
Buddha initially forbidding chanting altogether and then allowing it
when the monks said they could remember the words better if they chanted
rather than simply reciting the texts. In allowing chanting, he said
that monks could use just enough intonation to aid the memory but not so
much that people would become enthralled with the beauty of the human

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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