The End of Suffering

Spend the next five minutes in peaceful contemplation with this guided meditation featuring Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

BY: Thich Nhat Hanh


The following guided meditation combines music with chant and visualization to offer a contemplative listening experience intended to relax, restore, and infuse one with a feeling similar to prayer.


Graceful Passages

The End of Suffering," featuring

spoken word

from Thich Nhat Hanh, the 

singing voice of Vietnamese monk, Phap Niem

, and music by Gary Malkin, is excerpted from the book and CD set, "Graceful Passages: A Companion For Living and Dying," which was produced by Gary Malkin and Michael Stillwater, for 

Wisdom of the World

, published by New World Library.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist, and the author of more than 100 books, including the national bestsellers 'Anger' and 'Living Buddha, Living Christ.' He lives in Plum Village, a monastic community in southwestern France.

To learn about his writings, visit Parallax Press. For information about his meditation retreats, go to Plum Village.


May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos

Even in the darkest spots living beings are able to hear it clearly

So that all suffering in them ceases, understanding comes to their heart

And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal dharma door is already open

The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly

The miracle happens

A beautiful child appears in the heart of the lotus flower

One single drop of this compassionate water is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve

My mind calm, my body relaxed

A smile is born on my lips

Following the sound of the bell, my breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness

In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

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