The Great Bell Chant

This video of the Great Bell Chant featuring the voice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most moving videos I have ever watched. Brother Phap Niem’s lovely voice sings out through the cosmos in Vietnamese. Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is known by his followers, narrates his poem in English.

The collection of images in the video, all by themselves, are a masterpiece. They were compiled and edited from “HOME, Earth and Baraka.”

The music is from “The End Of Suffering” by Gary Malkin.

Thay’s poem reads,

Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying (Wisdom of the World) featuring Thay, Ram Dass, Rev. Alan Jones, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Father Maximilian Mizzi, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and Lew Epstein.

You can use The Great Bell Chant as a guided meditation. Watch the video with this in mind and then answer the following questions. You may want to write down the answers in your journal.

  1. How did the sound of the bell and Thay’s words help you in focusing your attention?
  2. In what ways did the cinematography of sweeping, aerial vistas and intimate portraits aid you in your focus of nature and fellow people?
  3. Did you find that Phap Niem’s fluid chanting helped you in letting go and being more aware of the compassion inside you?
  4. How did/didn’t the combination of visuals and audio help guide you in this exercise? Did you find them more distracting then helpful? [Read More…]

Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying (Wisdom of the World)

Ram Dass
The Very Rev. Alan Jones
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Fr. Maximillian Mizzi
M.D. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
Lew Epstein

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