Category Archives: gatha

Mindfulness, Peace, and Service

Excerpt from Lion’s Roar “A Buddhist Cop’s Approach to Justice“ by Cheri Maples As part of my dharma teacher ordination ceremony in 2008, Thay and I exchanged gathas, or practice poems. I composed one for him and he composed one … Continue reading

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Earth Gathas

by Thich Nhat Hanh, re-posted from Lion’s Roar Gathas help us to practice mindfulness in our daily lives and to look deeply. Reciting these short verses will bring awareness, peace, and joy to the simple activities we may take for … Continue reading

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Wonderful Moment

From The Plum Village Chanting & Recitation Book, Compiled by the Thich Nhat Hanh and Monks and Nuns of Plum Village Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is … Continue reading

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Invoking Avalokiteshvara

from “Chanting from the Heart”, Buddhist Ceremonies and Daily Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh and the monks and nuns of Plum Village We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara.  We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve … Continue reading

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Bell Gathas

I’m going to tell you how to invite a bell to sound, with a small instrument like this, made of wood. The tranquility in us, the peace in us, we have to call them. There’s tranquility and calmness and peace … Continue reading

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Bowing In Gratitude

The Five Earth Touchings, excerpt  from “Happiness” by Thich Nhat Hanh In gratitude, I bow to all generations of ancestors in my blood family. I see my mother and father, whose blood, flesh, and vitality are circulating in my own … Continue reading

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Thay’s Mindfulness Gathas

Waking Up Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion Brushing Teeth Brushing my teeth and … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Gathas

The mind can go in a thousand directions, But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a cool wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. If your path is like mine, you often find your … Continue reading

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We Are a River

Living beings is the name of a continuous stream and all phenomena as the object of perception are only signs. Therefore there is no real change of birth into death into birth and no person who realizes nirvana. –Gatha 44 … Continue reading

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Waking Up

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses … Continue reading

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