The Great Bell Chant with Thich Nhat Hanh. ~ Kathryn Rutz {Video}


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 cease, understanding comes to their heart, and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

So begins the spoken portion of a seven-minute video  which features a prayer/poem written by the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, with chant exquisitely sung by Brother Phap Niem.

In the days since I first watched this, I have called its images and the bell sound to mind whenever my thoughts raced, or I was rattled by traffic, or I felt grief at the death of a friend and the anniversary of the death of another, or sleep just wouldn’t come. When my attempts at mindfulness felt like a sputtering engine that just wouldn’t turn over, this video helped.

Beyond its effects on my personal distractions and challenges, this poem is vast and the chanting is balm.

I am grateful.


[This video was created by R. Smittenaar, with audio by Gary Malkin in collaboration with Michael Stillwater, and with visuals from  HOME, Earth and Baraka.]

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fellow traveler Sep 24, 2015 8:41am

Thank you. Unprocessed and compartmentalized sorrow is being processed gently.

Clare Jan 22, 2014 10:52am

The office was empty and I was able to turn up my speakers and shut my eyes for a moment. I can feel my fingertips now. And can taste the lemon in my water. What moments we pass by!

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Kathryn Rutz

Kathryn Rutz is mother to five magnificent children plus an extended feral cat family, and she lives on their family farm in upstate New York. After decades as an executive in the scholarly publishing industry, she also edits, writes and reads in every possible order. Kathryn explores contemplative practices and bookstores, and craves volcanoes and raptors. She is also working on several books. You can find her on Facebook.