NBW has a weekly separate session of chanting, which you can choose to participate in if you have at least taken the Newcomers' & Beginners' Class.
There is an audio file of the chant below.
It is separate from the other sessions. This session has been temporarily suspended due to forthcoming changes in our use of different venues. Watch this space for announcements on the venue for this session.
Chanting is for taking part in, not for merely observing. It helps to clear the mind of thoughts and feelings.
The chant lasts for 15-20 minutes and when it stops we meditate on our breathing in silence for a short time. This can be very efffective - for some people more effective than immediately starting on mindfulness practice. Why not try it?
It is introduced and closed with the large Tibetan bell.
The chant words are in the Buddha's language of Pali: "NAMO SAMBUDDHASSA", which means 'Respect to the fully awakened one' i.e. potentially yourself ! These words are just part of a statement of respect that all Buddhists know all over the world: "Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sama sambuddhassa".
It is chanted in syllables as follows: NA MO SAM BUD DHAS SAH