I'm beginning to learn more about Buddhism.I've met people who sought refuge from both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.On many of my experiences with them, I found that when they chant with faith, many of their sufferings will lessen and dissolved over a period of time.Some practise Goka Sakkai where there are their on chanting.What do you think of these chantings?
Actually,you have already answered your own question when you wrote "I found that they chanted with faith, much of their sufferings would lessen and dissolve over a period of time". It is this faith in them that they themselves solve their own problems. It is all in the mind!
Buddhism is a very much misunderstood "religion". Let us now go to the basics. "Buddhism" means the teachings of the Buddha---the historic Buddha whose name was Gotama. To study Buddhism, it is therefor logical and essential that we study the teachings of Gotama, the Buddha. "Buddha" is the term used to describe a person who is fully enlightened, that is, he who knows everything that is to be known in this universe. About 2500 years ago, the Buddha gained realization of the truth of the nature of this "life" and this "universe". He discovered that everything existed in a flux, forever changing. Things that were forever changing could not last forever in a permanent state. There was always this ceaseless cycle of birth, growth, decay, and death. This was very unsatisfactory.