To the Beautiful and Gracious People of Japan,
I hope the living are safe. I hope the missing are found. I hope all departed souls are at peace. Stay strong Japan!
Question: Why does humanity that is surrounded by such beauty create a world of suffering and destruction?
The Vietnamese Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hahn, invites the bell to sound with these words:
“May the sound of the 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.”
“The universal dharma door is already open; the sound of the rising tide is already heard clearly. The miracle happens. A beautiful child appears in the heart of the 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 dissolve. My mind is 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.” ~ ThichNhat Hanh.
Graceful Passages is a compilation of music paired with spoken messages about loss and dying from 12 of the world’s most profound wisdom keepers– Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Thich Nhat Hanh, The Rev. Alan Jones, Elisabeth Kubler- Ross, Ram Dass, and Gary Malkin’s music (http://garymalkin.com/), among others.
You can read more about Graceful Passages at http://www.wisdomoftheworld.com
►This video created entirely by AquarielCharm for the people of Japan:
Blessings, good Karma and thank you to Thich Nhat Hanh and Gary Malkin http://garymalkin.com/.
Strong in the rain
Strong in the wind
Strong against the summer heat and snow
He is healthy and robust
He never loses his temper
Nor the quiet smile on his lips
He eats four go of unpolished rice
Miso and a few vegetables a day
He does not consider himself
In whatever occurs…his understanding
Comes from observation and experience
And he never loses sight of things
He lives in a little thatched-roof hut
In a field in the shadows of a pine tree grove
If there is a sick child in the east
He goes there to nurse the child
If there’s a tired mother in the west
He goes to her and carries her sheaves
If someone is near death in the south
He goes and says, “Don’t be afraid”
If there’s strife and lawsuits in the north
He demands that the people put an end to their pettiness
He weeps at the time of drought
He plods about at a loss during the cold summer
Everyone calls him “Blockhead”
No one sings his praises
Or takes him to heart…
That is the sort of person
I want to be
— Kenji Miyazawa — Strong In The Rain (Ame ni mo Makezu)