The Great Bell Chant

 

Zen Master Thich Nath Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition. In this video he is joined by brother Phap Niem in an abiding prayer for the end of suffering, “The Great Bell Chant.”

Thich Nath Hanh explains that … “in Plum Village Practice centers worldwide, we chant the Great Bell Chant every day. The sound of the Great Bell is so beautiful and helps us to calm our mind, relax our body. We come back to our true home and generate compassion for all living beings. We send our peaceful energy through the sound of the bell and wish that they can hear it clearly so that all suffering in them cease.”

 

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.

 

The universal dharma door is already open

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly

The miracle happens

A beautiful child appears in the heart of a 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

 

More from Thich Nhat Hanh, Br Phap Niem here.

 

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