tryWhen you are in touch with the suffering in the world, it is so easy for despair to overwhelm you. …Throughout the war in Vietnam young people easily became the victims of despair because the war went on for so long and it seemed it would never end. It is the same with the situation in the Middle East. young Israelis and Palestinians feel the heavy atmosphere of war will never end.

Animals, plants, and minerals also suffer because of the greed of human beings. The earth, the water and air are suffering because we have polluted them. The trees suffer because we destroy the forest for our own profit. Some species have become extinct because of the destruction of the natural environment. Humans also destroy and exploit one another. How can we stop ourselves from collapsing in despair?

The bodhisattva of wonderful sound, Gadgadashvara, can use music, writings and sound to awaken people.  If you are a poet, a writer or a composer you can be that bodhisattva. Your artistic creations are not just to help people forget their pain momentarily but to water the seeds of awakened understanding and compassion in others.  Among us are so many writers, poets and composers who are using the wonderful ocean of sound to serve the way of understanding and love…(excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s No Death, No Fear)


  1. This is beautiful. Thank you. It is good to be reminded that it is far better to try than to despair. Thank you also for posting the clip, which I had not seen before. Mandy Harvey is inspirational as a musician and as a person.

    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving your thoughts. I agree with you…as I listened to her words and voice memories of my mother, who was also deaf and strived through life with the same resolve, brought joyful tears.

      1. Thank you too. But you understand there is a paradigm shift, we are living at a time when we have to devise new methods if we are to be of benefit to all sentient beings?

      2. Thank you for your comment. If you have time, will you please explain more as I find myself wondering about “paradigm shift” and “devise new methods”? It is my thought that embracing all sentient beings with compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and empathy is paramount in today’s world view due to the interdependence of all phenomena.

      3. What I say does not in any way contradict your unique message of loving kindness and empathy. That is the basis of the finest qualities of compassion that would arise from the wisdom of the interconnectedness of all phenomena. I meant to build on that, that we the few that understand these wondrous virtues need to come up with more innovative ways than our predecessors, the harbingers of truth, for us to be able to leave more enlightenment in the world than we found.

  2. Thank you Philip for taking the time to clarify your position. To leave more enlightenment is an amazing goal as it invites me to be more mindfully present with my thoughts, words, and actions as well as with those I interact with, both in person and social media. I enjoyed this exchange of thoughts. Again, thank you.

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