Friday, February 3, 2012

The Great Bell Chant | Thich Nath Hanh, Gregory Colbert, Phap Niem

ashes & snow - the video collage of Gregory Colbert's photos and with Thich Nath Hanh and Phap Niem - "The Great Bell Chant (Simple wish)" - was taken offline by the user.

now i find this -

haven't watched it all yet - maybe it contains The Great Bell Chant

The Great Bell Chant ( Simple wish..)

may the sound of this bell
penetrate deep into the Kosmos
even in the darkest spots
living beings are able to hear it clearly
so that all suffering in them cease
understanding come to their heart
and they transcend the path of sorrow and death

When everything seems to go fallind down around (in an Ego based perception ...) , when the reallity you perceive doesn´t fill you or answer you, go deeply inside ... close your eyes, stay still and quiet for a while ... yes, impermanence of forms scares us. Yet ... observe and realise that we are wider then this form ... observe and realise that beyond this form I am You and You are Me ... observe and find deep inside of you . Just make the experience.

"We may think of peace as the absence of war, that if the great powers would reduce their weapons arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we will see our own minds - our own prejudices, fears, and ignorance."
- Thich Nhat Hanh

With a profound Love and reverence for my Beloved ... here and now, with a deep soul´s longing.

Music: "The Great Bell Chant" , read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.

Images: "Ashes and Snow", Gregory Colbert , remembering the interdependence of existence ...( >

Gregory Colbert's Vision - ashes and snow

“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”
— Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow

The photographic artworks of Gregory Colbert explore the poetic sensibilities of animals in their natural habitat as they interact with human beings. No longer shown as merely a member of the family of man, humans are seen as a member of the family of animals. None of the images have been digitally collaged.

Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters. With profound patience and an enduring commitment to the expressive and artistic nature of animals, he has captured extraordinary interactions between humans and animals.

His 21st-century bestiary includes totemic species from around the world. Since he began creating his singular work of Ashes and Snow in 1992, Colbert has undertaken photographic and filming expeditions to locations such as India, Egypt, Burma, Tonga, Sri Lanka, Namibia, Kenya, Antarctica, the Azores, and Borneo.

ashes and snow

see also: codex ashes and snow

Thicht Nhat Hanh

One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war. Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the 'engaged Buddhism' movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.

whats more: Ram Dass interviews Thicht Nhat Hanh (1995)

see also > Plum Village
Plum Village Meditation Practice Center -
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh , our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique UnifieĆ©) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people.

The Unified Buddhist Church established Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975, Plum Village in 1982, the Dharma Cloud Temple and the Dharma Nectar Temple in 1988, and the Adornment of Loving Kindness Temple in 1995. Thich Nhat Hanh’s sangha (community of practice) in France is usually referred to as the Plum Village Sangha.

Phap Niem & the end of suffering

? not finding much on Phap Niem except some more cool videos with the same soundtrack as above (not doing well with the language barrier with Vietnamese)... and some info on a book -
Thay Phap Niem ( of The Buddha's Diamonds)
His childhood experiences form the basis of THE BUDDHA'S DIAMONDS. A year after the storm depicted in the story, he escaped postwar Vietnam and became a Buddhist monk. All of his royalties will be donated to the Touching and Helping Programs in Vietnam.

The End Of Suffering - Thich Phap Niem (Tang Than Lang Mai)

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.

The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to

Visuals taken from:
HOME, Earth and Baraka

You can download the audio here
MP3 Download:

GlobaLove Think Tank | the end of suffering

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