Dai Hong Chung
The great bell


On the high hill stands the Pagoda safeguarding the river in front,

Meanwhile in the permanent heaven reigns the full-orbed moon.

The one hundred and eight bell sounds seem to dispel all troubles and worries of human bondage,

And awaken all sentient beings in the three thousand World - System to the cause of their existences in the past, the present and the future.

The world veiled in the dark vibrates as the bell is struck at noontide,

And the sounds of sultra recitation in the morning convey the wonderful qualities of the Noble Path.

The Buddha's blessing and kings' merits are indeed all - pervading,

For "good begets good" is the universal law...

Thieu Tri