Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering), featuring Thich Nhat Hanh

A Warm Embrace - The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.

This meditation video, sent to me by my father, includes the words of Vietnamese monk and poet Thich Nhat Hanh, a practitioner of Buddhism and nonviolence.  As I've struggled with my own physical pain (and spiritual suffering, along the way), I've been returning to the words not only of the poets, but also of the world religions, struck by the profound struggle that each faith makes with the problem of human suffering.  Though not all the words and images of this piece speak to me, they make present a kind of slowness that much of our poetic and economic values--in our space/time hurtle--seems to belie.


Anonymous said...

Hello there,
I love this video 'The End of Suffering'. I use it sometimes for my daily meditation.
Have you read any of Eckhart Tolle's work eg. 'The Power of Now'? Also James Redfield's 'The Celestine Prophecy'. Both I have found very useful in finding out and understanding who we are and why we are here and all importantly, how to tackle suffering.


Philip Metres said...

Thanks, VW. I will check the Tolle out--

Philip Metres said...

Thanks, VW. I will check the Tolle out--

John Starr said...

does anyone have the Vietnamese translator ration of the background chant on this video?