Is chanting a form of performance or a form of meditation? Through his five months Fulbright research in Taiwan, Dr. Reed Criddle would argue it is the later. Dr. Criddle visited Taiwan to study the Pure Land Mahayana Buddhism chants and aims to share them back in the United States and to the world. He is not only transcribing chants into Western musical notation, but he has also composed choral pieces for Western performance, based on his interpretations of the tradition.
Dr. Reed Criddle is an Associate Professor in Department of Music at Utah Valley University, where his research is surrounding music and chanting. For 2017-18, he is a visiting researcher at Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism.