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Dear Still Water Friends,
When I learned at Plum Village to invite the bell before meditation, I was told to first calm my mind and settle my body, then to say to myself the gatha (meditation verse) for inviting the bell:
Body, speech, and mind in perfect oneness I send my heart along with the sound of this bell. May the hearers awaken from forgetfulness And transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow.
It is one of the gathas I most enjoy, because it transforms a functional task, announcing the start of a meditation, into a prayer, that those who are with me for this meditation may “transcend... Continued