Bells of Mindfulness with Vietnamese Nun

Sister Dang Nhiem is a nun at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA. She practices Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sister D shows us the proper way to invite the sound of the bell. She also teaches us how to cultivate that peacefulness when we hear noises that might otherwise cause stress.

World Harmony Run strives for Peace in Vietnam

In November of 2012 in cooperation with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations the WORLD HARMONY RUN visited Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. It was a truly remarkable event and all participants very grateful for the enthusiastic and heartfelt welcome from Vietnam. Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province is absolutely gorgeous and well worth a visit. Check out the spirit in this new video.

“Inspiration News” back on track!

Some years ago disciples of Sri Chinmoy published a regular news report with inspiring stories from around the world. After a break the series starts again with a great new episode, produced by UItpal Marshall. Have a look and learn more about the German Channel Swimmer Vasanti Niemz, a Self-Transcendence Race in Moscow, a visit to an orphenage in Vietnam and glimpses from the World Harmony Run in Cardiff, England, where also one of Sri Chinmoy’s life-size statues recently has been inaugurated.

Water Meditation in Southern Vietnam

This beautiful refreshing water meditation is a simple video to help you find your inner power, your inner poise and your life flow. The water and its original sound recorded near a waterfall in southern Vietnam brings you back to yourself, a master pillar in each Feng Shui approach. Enjoy the meditation in full screen size and HD resolution. If your internet speed does not allow you to watch it in original quality, download the file and enjoy it later on your desktop. Length: 9:07 min. Produced by Kedar Misani.

Award for Vu Xuan Hong for his efforts in Vietnam

The “World Harmony Run”, an international initiative for peace, established by Sri Chinmoy 25 years ago,  was truly honoured to be able to present His Excellency Vu Xuan Hong with their World Harmony Run Torch-Bearer award In Nha Trang, Vietnam. Mr. Hong currently serves in quite a number of capacities. He is President of the VUFO (Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations), which co-ordinates Vietnam’s official contacts with all international organisations; Deputy to National Assembly; Member of National Assembly’s External Affairs Comittee and Permanent Member of the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs. Perhaps most importantly he is a man who values peace, friendship and harmony above all elseand works tirelessly to enable these qualities to find a fertile environment in which to thrive.  The World Harmony Run has been working with his organisation for 20 years, since Sri Chinmoy’s first visit to Viet Nam in 1992. In 2004 Mr Hong arranged or Sri Chinmoy to receive Vietnam’s highest national award given to a person from another nation – the Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations. Representatives of over 30 countries introduced themselves by saying their country and the word for Peace in their language. As an introduction to the World Harmnoy Run, a video of Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President of the UNESCO General Conference (2009-2011) was shown. It included clips from World Harmony Run events around the world, which illustrate Dr Hepburn’s message for 25th Anniversary of the World Harmony Run and a vision for the decade 2012 to 2022 and beyond. Executive Director Salil Wilson presented Mr Hong with the “Torch Bearer” award for his service particularly in the NGO and non-profit sector. Salil said: “In Mr Hong we find not just one or two good qualities or significant achievement, but a veritable host. Here is a jewel of humanity and we are truly fortunate to have this humbling opportunity to recognise and honour his significant contributions to the betterment of humanity.”

Learn more about the “World Harmony Run” on the official website:

Beautiful Buddha Statue attracts Vietnam visitors

The Long Son Pagoda was previously known as Đăng Long Tự and it is located at 22 October 23 Street. It is located in the ward of Phương Sơn, and sits at the foot of Trại Thủy mountain, in city of Nha Trang (Southern Vietnam), just 400 m west of the railway station. Long Son Pagoda was erected on another hill in 1886 under the abbotship of Thích Ngộ Chí (1856–1935), who hailed from the district of Vinh Xuong in Khanh Hoa Province. Before joining the sangha, he was a participant in anti-French resistance forces that attempted to regain Vietnamese independence. In 1900, after a large cyclone, the temple was destroyed and had to be moved from the hill to its current location. In 1936, the Buddhist Studies Association made the temple the headquarters of the Buddhist Association in Khanh Hoa Province. In 1940, the temple was renovated and expanded under the leadership of Thích Tôn Thất Quyền and a lay Buddhist by the named of Võ Đình Thụy. In 1968, the temple was heavily damaged during the Vietnam War, in particular the tiled roof. In 1971, Thích Thiện Bình organised for the capital works program to restore the temple, which was around 60% complete in accordance with the plans of the architect Võ Đình Diệp when it was interrupted by the Fall of Saigon and the communist victory over South Vietnam. Since its construction, the temple has had a stable leadership, with only three abbots in over 120 years: Thích Ngộ Chí (1886–1935), Thích Chánh Hóa (1936–1957) and Thích Chí Tín (1957–).

From the Long Son Pagoda, there is a large road leading up to Hai Duc Pagoda along the crest of the hill, where there is a large white concrete statue of Gautama Buddha. The statue was built on the site of the original temple and the statue was cast in 1964 before being installed the following year, under the auspices of Thích Đức Minh, who was the Head of the Buddhist Association of Khanh Hoa Province. The sculpture of the statue was by Kim Điền. From the ground up, the statues is 24 m, and from the base of the statue, it is 21 m. The figure of the Buddha is 14 m while the lotus blossom comprises 7 m. Around the statue are statues of seven arahants. In front of the statue are a pair of dragons, which are 7.20 m long. The statue is visible from afar as one enters the city, from either the national highway or by train. The temple grounds also includes a garden. The entrance and roofs are decorated with dragon mosaics which are built from glass and ceramic tiles. The main ceremonial hall is adorned with modern interpretations of classical motifs. The nasal hairs of the dragons are wrapped around the pillars on either side of the main altar. The main statue in 152 stone steps up from the entrance of the pagoda, and is often used as a vantage point to look over the city of Nha Trang.