Plum Village Bell Meditation

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace.

* The Bell Meditation

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

For me, it is like the Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin, with the meaning of his words implied by the bell.
Within these meditations there are deeper and deeper levels of meaning for us to explore; each more beautiful than the last.

Breathing Peace, Tich Nhat Hanh

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Dear ones, in these troubled times we need to be able to calm our minds.
We can do this by returning to the present moment.

This will enable us to let go of our constant worry, and and find peace in ourselves, which will naturally radiate out to others.
This makes us happier,
and enable us to be more focused in what we think and do.

Thich Nhat Hanhc




Breathing in, I calm body and mind.

Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment

I know this is the only moment.

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.”
This line is like drinking a glass of ice water. You feel the cold, the freshness, permeate your body. When I breathe in and recite this line, I actually feel the breathing calming my body, calming my mind.

Breathing out, I smile.
You know the effect of a smile. A smile can relax hundreds of muscles in your face, and relax your nervous system. A smile makes you master of yourself. That is why the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are always smiling. When you smile, you realize the wonder of the smile.

Dwelling in the present moment.”
While I sit here, I don’t think of somewhere else, of the future or the past. I sit here and I know where I am.

I know this is the only moment.”
This is the only moment that is real. To be here and now, and enjoy the present moment is our most important task.

Calming. Smiling, Present moment, Only moment.”

I hope you will try it.
Thich Nhat Hanh 

Extract from ‘Suffering Is Not Enough
by Thich Nhat Hanh

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‘Letters for Peace’, a Be 4 Peace post.
More B4 Peace ‘letter’ posts:

 everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Begins with a Letter, by Kozo Hattori
 Fish of Gold : Dear Universe

 ☮ Breathing Space : July Post For Peace
 ☮ Kelly Kuhn : Peace With Silence

 Not Just Sassy On The Inside : Letter to Divine Creator
 The Seeker : July Peace: A letter

Peaceful initials to consider in these posts ~
 Becoming a writer : Letters – a Bloggers for Peace post
 heartflow2013 : Letters for Peace

 Malala`s Speech to the UN General Assembly

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☮ Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin.
Just let go and follow your breath for awhile.

☮ Mindfulness Calms the Mind when you Need it Most (Noisy Neighbours via Thich Nhat Hanh).
Pacify troubled minds with Thich Nhat Hanh’s cooling wisdom.

 Monkey! Now is the only reality,
and you will need all of yourself to live it.

☮ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment
Breathe the clean fresh air of peace – come back to the present moment. (Images)


Staying Present is a Priceless Gift ~ Tich Nhat Hanh

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Care is a Priceless Gift 

“Your home is in the here and the now.” 

Tich Nhat Hanh

This holiday season, we have a chance to express our love and care for Mother Earth by the way we care for our self, our family and our environment. We can practice mindfulness to care for our inner environment, our feelings and our emotions so that we do not lose our self in worries about the future or regrets about the past, or lose our self with our feelings and thinking in the present moment. We practice in such a way that we are peaceful, free and happy right in the here and now.


the Four Immeasurables ~ Buddha’s Advice to Rahula

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“Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula –

Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.

Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.

Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.

I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”

from ‘Old Path White Clouds’ by Thich Nhat Hahn, via Dakini Grrrl 

Sit in Peace 2 – Bristol Meditation Flash Mob · By Sit in Peace Bristol

    • Sit in Peace 2

       – Bristol Meditation Flash Mob

      · Saturday, 28 July 2012

    • 14:30 until 15:00

  • Sit in Peace Bristol ~ looking forward to the next Meditation Flash Mob in Bristol 🙂
  • Anything underlined here is a link, so click away!
  • If you don’t live in Bristol, Meditation Flash Mobs are organised worldwide:
    Med Mobs and Meditate for World Peace

    · From Sit in Peace Bristol on Facebook:
    We warmly invite everyone and anyone to come together once again in a precious opportunity to meditate or sit in silence. We shall be offering this 30 minutes of tranquility to our beautiful and often busy city of Bristol at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th July 2012 on College Green.

Previous feedback:

“Beautiful being part of Sit in Peace meditation today in Bristol. Wonderful energy and special time.”
“Just back from this…totally blissful vibe, radiating peace put to Brizzle and beyond.”
“Just back from the Flashmob meditation outside the cathedral in Bristol City. Such a beautful, rich and full experience of depth, quietude, gentleness and love. Seeing beautiful faces I ‘know’ and meeting some new friends too. Thank you to all x x x Sublime…”
“I’ve just got home after participating in a flash mob meditation event! Silent and more static than the usual dancing and stuff of course – but fabulous. At College Green in Bristol, just sitting and meditating for 30 minutes, connecting up with some global spiritual leaders doing the same.”
“Medmob 31 March 2012, College Green, Bristol. Stillness and contemplation in the heart of the city. Extraordinary”
“Thanks, this felt very meaningful, may everyone experience lasting peace!”

College Green, BS1 5SH Bristol, United Kingdom

Meditation Flashmob in Bristol City Centre, Spring 2012

… of interest on here:
See how completely, brilliantly, meaningful the last flashmob was:
photos of Sit in Peace Meditation Flashmob on College Green, Bristol
Inspired by Tich Nhat Hanh “sit together in silence, generating the energy of peace, solidity, and freedom”
Hundreds of like-minded people across the UK, sitting for a better world.

… on Facebook:
Wake Up Bristol
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This is a public event ~ would love to see you there.
And if you go to a similar event where you are, let us know! I’d happily publish any photos, illustrations or write-ups of your experiences.

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When i see phenomena like this being created, it gives me hope that together we can really make a better world.
Photo by Duncan Maybury

Wise words and Buddha Doodles on Tumblr

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via piratecommander and breathe-and-be on Tumblr (click on images to view them)

Our Energy Follows Our Attention (intro)

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Inspired by Peace

 I didn’t know it at the time – thought it was just us, small and isolated in Bristol city centre’s busyness. But It was a worldwide event, inspired by Tich Nhat Hanh for International Peace Day. In fact we were linked to hundreds (thousands?) of like-minded people across the globe, all meditating for a better world.
Which is kinda’ analogous to how we normally see ourselves – as independent individuals, not really connected to most other people. But that’s so not true; “in fact, every happiness there is in the world arises as a result of others’ kindness.” (Geshe Kelsang) We are all interconnected. We all depend upon each other, in one way or another. We all drink the same water and breathe the same air. Life becomes easier when we can accept that.

Tich Nhat Hanh

Sitting with our comparatively small group on a pavement on College Green certainly brought on a feeling of interbeing. This excerpt describes the experience in London:

“Trafalgar Square, 10 minutes before the secret lift-off, was full, as usual, with summer crowds and precious few people that I could clock as potential meditators. It was warm and I sat on a bench to wait. I didn’t hear the lone woman singing at 6.30pm who was the signal, but I saw something even more startling.
Across the square, from all sides, apparently uninvolved idlers strode forward purposefully to the designated area between the two large fountains. It was like Superman suddenly emerging from unobtrusive Clark Kent – or rather, around a hundred or so Supermen.

It was simple to be impelled along on that sudden wave and to just sit down among the throng. And a deep silence immediately arose. I was astonished. There was a sense of naturalness and openness. The steady sound of the water in the two fountains, the grumble of traffic masked behind them, and a light hither and thither breeze. It felt not so much a comment on mad commercial London but more a coexistence with it – unifying in its effect rather than polarising.

After 20 minutes, the low growl of chanting “Om” began and it rolled back and forth in waves, rising and falling until 7pm struck. And then it was all over. Standing up, the world felt different. I would have liked to have made eye contact with someone, or even hugged someone. But being British, I reverted to the conventions of public space. I picked up my things and left to catch my bus.

I don’t know if the exercise showed anybody anything or made any point at all. But I do know that for me it was a half an hour of purest sanity.”

– Guardian excerpt
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso quote from Transform your Life

Mindfulness = Peace

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Suffering is the mud in which the lotus grows. Tich Nhat Hanh


“Moreover, suffering has good qualities.
Because of sorrow, pride is dispelled,
Compassion arises for those trapped in samsara,
Evil is shunned, and joy is found in virtue. ”


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