Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering)

Thich Nhat Hahn is a,Zen,monk is a true spiritual master of the twentieth century. I am inspired by his poem & writings. The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering)This is one of my favorite poem by him. 

As a Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has reminded us, “an instrument to help us penetrate deeply into reality and obtain liberating insight.  With impermanence, every door is open for change.”  When we can let go and embrace the unknown, fear subsides.Listening to Thich Nhat Hanh talk about the use of the bell as an integral part of one's meditation practice, "The mindfulness bell is the voice of our spiritual ancestors, he instructs: Its sounds call us back to our true home in the present moment--to emptiness."His writings speak of peacefulness, of oneness. Loving kindness and mindful meditation. The power of these simple practices can change the world!
 Every time I watch and listen to this video, my heart opens and is filled with wonder over our universe.  My spirit soars with inspiration and joy!

The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering)

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos

Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly

So that all suffering in them ceases, understanding comes to their heart

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

A beautiful child appears in the heart of the lotus flower

One single drop of this compassionate water is enough to

Bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to

Dissolve. My mind calm, my body relaxed.

A smile is born on my lips.

Following the sound of the bell, my breath brings me back to

The safe island of mindfulness in the garden of my heart,

The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

~Thich Naht Hanh

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