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.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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