How can we chant to make other people happy (near and dear ones)?
Chanting in the west is different than in traditional Japanese Buddhism. In Japan, all chants are made in a Japanese version of Sanskrit called Bongo. People will recite sutras or mantras.
A sutra you could recite for someone’s happiness would be Namu Myoho Renge Kyo or The Heart Sutra.
Here is a video taken on Youtube of someone reciting the Namu Myoho Rengekyo.
Please press on the play button at the bottom of the window or you will be taken away from this page.
Just recite it several times, dedicating it to a dear one every time.
In the west, to be able to understand the texts, they are often translated and a song is attached to them in order to make them more easily recited.
This method is not traditional but why would it not be good?
As I state on my page on chanting, you must anchor a chant with intention and it will be efficient. The more you practice it, the more universally practiced it is, the stronger the intention will become and the energy be effective.
The following song is used at the Plum Village, a center for Buddhism created by Thich Nhat Hahn.
You can hear it in the Youtube video after the text. You’ll notice that they change the words to fit some situations, as in they chant it
for the cat. It is fine but you should first learn the correct version.
For more information on the song and other things related to the Plum Villagem I would recommend you to read some books written by Thich Nhat Hahn, a very well respected Vietnamese Zen Monk who now resides in France.
May the Day Be Well and The Night Be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
May the midday hour bring happiness too.
In every minute and every second, may the day and night be well.
By the blessing of the Triple Gem, may all things be protected and safe.
May all beings born in each of the four ways live in a land of purity.
May all in the Three Realms be born upon lotus thrones.
May countless wandering souls realize the three virtuous positions of the Bodhisattva Path.
May all living beings, with grace and ease, fulfill the Bodhisattva Stages.
The countenance of the World-Honored One, like the full moon or like the orb of the sun,
shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion, joy and equanimity.