The “Evening” Bell Chant

In 1942, Thich Nhat Hanh became a Buddhist monk in Vietnam when he was 16 years old. He was instructed to memorize a little booklet written in classical Chinese: “Essential Vinaya for Daily Use” (毗尼日用切要). This is a collection of 45 Chinese gathas compiled by Master Jianyue Duti (見月讀體, 1601-1679) during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. Source:

The “evening” Bell Chant is the third gatha in the Master Duti’s collection. “Evening” is put into quotes, because Duti’s instruction is

“In the morning and dusk, when walking, standing, sitting or sleeping, as soon as you hear the sound of the bell, recite this verse.”


聞鐘聲  煩惱輕  智慧長  菩提生
離地獄  出火坑  願成佛  度眾生

Hear sound bell; kleshas eliminated
Prajna increases; Bodhi arises
Depart earth prison; leave three realms
Vow attain Buddha; save all beings
The mantra of shattering Hell:
Om gara jiya sabaha

문종성 번뇌단
지혜장 보리생
이지옥 출삼계
원성불 도중생
옴 가라 지야 사바하

mun jong seong beon noe dan
ji hye jang bo ri saeng
ji ji ok chul sam gye
won seong bul do jung saeng
pa ji ok jin eon
om ga ra ji ya sabaha

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