How to transform despair into compassion and peace 

This transcript is an excerpt from a Dharma talk on turning despair into compassion and peace. It relates to advice Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh gave after the 9/11 attacks.  I was in America when September 11 took place. That day, I was going from Deer Park Monastery to Northern California to organize retreats and […]

Inviting the Bell

Usually, when someone sounds the bell, we don’t say ‘hit’ it, we say that they should ‘invite the bell to sound’. This person should wake the bell with a half sound – but before doing so, they must practice mindful breathing to prepare themselves. A particular verse is used for breathing in and out and […]