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.