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There are two main chanting styles among wilderness monks.

The monks of the wilderness tradition in the Mahā-Nikāya are small in number and basically limited to Wat Nong Pah Pong (Ajahn Chah), Wat Suan Mokkh (Ajahn Buddhadāsa) and Wat Sanghathan (Ajahn Sangwaan). The monks of Wat Nong Pah Pong follow the style of Wat Suan Mokkh for their basic morning and evening chanting, in Pāli with Thai translation:

MorningWat Nong Pah Pong
00:00 / 28:21
EveningWat Nong Pah Pong
00:00 / 29:00

The monks in the Dhammayuttika Nikāya generally chant morning and evening pūjās in straight Pāli:

MorningWat Dhammamongkon
00:00 / 11:06
EveningWat Dhammamongkon
00:00 / 11:34


For other chants, like blessings and reflections, there are again two main styles. The Mahā-Nikāya monks generally chant in the Sangyot (from the Pāli word saṁyojana) style, which is continuous and generally with little tonal variation:

Paritta (blessings)Sangyot style chanting
00:00 / 27:40

Depending on the situation, Dhammayuttika monks will sometimes chant in the Sangyot style, or sometimes in the Makhot (from the Pāli word magadha) style, which has a lilting rythym and pauses between verses:

Paritta (blessings)Makhot style chanting
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*A third style, used only for particular chants, is the Sarabhañña (or 'melodic') style:*

Pattidāna Gāthā (Yā Devatā)Sarabhañña style chant
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Gāthās associated with particular monks

Jina-Pañjara gāthā

Somdet Dto Brahmaraṁsi's gāthā



Luang Pu Mun Bhūridatto's gāthā


Luang Pu Dteu Acaladhammo's gāthā


Arahaṁ Buddho

Tan Por Lee Dhammadharo's gāthā

Mettā Yaṅkiñci

Luang Pu Chorp Ṭhānasamo's gāthā


Mongkon Tung Baet Dit

Luang Pu Fun Ācaro's gāthā


Mahā Jaya-Maṅgala gāthā

Popular Wilderness Ajaans' gāthā

MahaJayaMongkonPopular Wilderness Ajaans' gāthā
00:00 / 06:02
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