This is one of our favourite videos and chants. It's read by our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, and chanted by Brother Phap Niem. When we listen to the song, it reminds us that we're so blessed to be on this beautiful mindful path. It reminds us to connect to our true selves and know that we can smile with understanding and love at our suffering.
Here is the bell chant, written by Thich Nhat Hanh:
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.
With a big smile,