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The Great Bell Chant

Post ID: 1297 | March 13th, 2014 | 0 Comments

A visually stunning video compiled by R Smittenaar, The Great Bell Chant serves to remind us of the beauty of our world and the deep connection we share with all living beings.

The lyrics for The Great Bell Chant are as follows.

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.

The Great Bell Chant is based on a prayer written by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich recites in English while chanted in Vietnamese by brother Phap Niem.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France.

Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books (more than 40 in English) and travels internationally to give retreats and talks. Read more about Thich Nhat Hanh on Wikipedia.

His teaching combines traditional Zen with insights and methods from Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Ideas from Western psychology also provide a modern light on meditation practice.

The Great Bell Chant — Further Information

The creators of the soundtrack for The Great Bell Chant were Gary Malkin and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The audio comes from a CD/book released in 2006 called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying. The book and CD can be purchased at Wisdom of the World.

This simple and beautiful video really brings The Great Bell Chant to life. The compilation is by R Smittenaar using clips taken from: HOME, Earth and Baraka.