The reflection of the moon in a deep lake is not disturbed by the echo from the sound of a bell on a quiet night; and though it appears to remain unscattered when in contact with large and small waves, still it is on the riverbanks of life and death.
Hsuan-sha Shih-pei (835–908)
body, speech and mind in perfect oneness
I send my heart along with the sound of the bell,
may the hearers awaken from forgetfulness
and transcend all anxiety and sorrow.
thich nhat hanh
May the sound of this bell penetrate deeply into the cosmos
In even the darkest places, may living beings hear it clearly
So that understanding comes to their heart, and without hardship
They transcend the cycle of birth and death
Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind becomes calm, my body relaxed, and a smile is born on my lips
Following the sound of the bell, my breath guides me back to the safe island of mindfulness
In the garden of my heart the flower of peace blooms beautifully.
From verses for daily living: plum village hong kong