Body, speech and mind in perfect oneness, I send my heart along with the sound of the bell. May the hearers awaken from forgetfulness and transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow.
Listening to the Bell
Listening to the bell, I feel my afflictions begin to dissolve. My mind is calm, my body relaxed, a smile is born on my lips. Following the sound of the bell, my breathing guides me back to the safe island of mindfulness. In the garden of my heart, the flower of peace blooms beautifully.
Gathas for " In viting the Bell" and "Listening to the Bell" from Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: An Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training. (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1997)
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