For all those lost in the service of our country, we give gratitude while honoring them on this day.
Memorial Day 2022 will live in our hearts and minds for a long time. In addition to those who bravely served, we mourn the killing of nineteen innocent children and two adults in a Texas school shooting a few days ago and those murdered in Buffalo two weeks ago and—far too many before that, again and again.
I will not repeat the words we’ve heard that do not soothe those left behind, nor do they do more than churn ours’s and others’ outrage.
We cannot heal our country with anger and fury. The way out of this negative quagmire is to recover ourselves from within: Heal by calming the muddy waters in our minds and hearts until we can see a clear pond with no ripples; until we have a good measure of objectivity and—understanding.
The Monastery Bell
Once heard, the sound of the monastery bell reaches into our hearts and minds, shifting us to that place within which cradles the best part of ourselves, whether the Buddha, Jesus—all our Spiritual Ancestors. Throughout the millenniums to today, poems are written and chants sung about the monastery bell.
The Great Bell Chant and Prayer
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 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 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
In peace, always ~