Practice Songs

Breathing In, Breathing Out
The Island Within
Dear Friends
I Have Arrived, I Am Home
In Out
And When I Rise
No Coming, No Going
Happiness
In Gratitude
Peacefully Free
Whenever I Wake Up
Morning Chant
Evening Chant

Breathing In, Breathing Out

Breathing in, breathing out
Breathing in, breathing out
I am blooming as a flower.
I am fresh as the dew.
I am solid as the mountain.
I am firm as the earth.
I am free.

Breathing in, breathing out
Breathing in, breathing out
I am water, reflecting
what is real, what is true.
And I feel there is space
deep inside of me
I am free, I am free, I am free.

The Island Within

Breathing in,
I go back to the island within
myself.
There are beautiful trees
within the island,
there are clear streams
of water, there are birds,
sunshine and fresh air.
Breathing out,
I feel safe.
I enjoy going back to my island.

Dear Friends

Dear friends, dear friends,
Let my tell you how I feel;
You have given me such treasures,
I love you so.

I Have Arrived, I Am Home

(I have arrived, I am home
in the here and in the now.) (2x)
I am solid, I am free.
I am solid, I am free.
In the ultimate, I dwell.
In the ultimate, I dwell.

In Out

In, out
Deep, slow
Calm, ease
Smile, release.
Present
moment,
Wonderful
moment.

And When I Rise

And when I rise,
let me rise like a bird, joyfully.
And when I fall, let me fall like a leaf, gracefully,
without regrets.

And when I sit,
let me sit like a mountain, solidly.
And when I lay,
let me lay like a lake, calm and
still, reflecting all.

And when I work,
let me work like a bee, lazily.
And when I play,
let me play like the rays of the sun,
rejoicingly.

No Coming, No Going

No coming, no going
No after, no before
I hold you close to me.
I release you to be so free
Because I am in you,
and you are in me
Because I am in you, and you are
in me

Happiness

Happiness is here and now.
I have dropped my worries.
Nowhere to go, nothing to do,
no longer in a hurry.

Happiness is here and now.
I have dropped my worries.
Somewhere to go, something to do,
but I don’t need to hurry

In Gratitude

In gratitude you have watered seeds of love in me in gratitude,
In gratitude I will water seeds of love in someone too.
I know you're there for me, and I am so happy.
In gratitude you have watered seeds of love in me in gratitude,
In gratitude I will water seeds of love in someone too.
And when you suffer some, just call and I will come.

Peacefully Free

I am so free
because I can be me
look at the clouds at play
passing over everyday
inside the sky so blue
immense, spacious and true
I’ll be tall like the sky
wide enough to embrace what’s inside
just like the clouds passing by
flying high in the grand open sky
everything around me will be loved, embraced and peacefully free
everything inside me will be loved, embraced and peacefully free

Whenever I Wake Up

Whenever I wake up, I feel happy.
Aware of my eyes, I feel happy.
Aware of my health, I feel happy,
Because I have learned to look deeply.

Whenever I walk, I feel happy.
Whenever I sit, I feel happy.
Whenever I rest, I feel happy,
Because I have learned to look deeply

Morning Chant

The Dharma body is bringing morning light.
In concentration, our hearts are at peace,
a half-smile is born upon our lips.
This is a new day. We vow to go through it in mindfulness.
The sun of wisdom has now risen, shining in every direction.
Noble Sangha, diligently bring your mind into meditation.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya

Evening Chant

With posture upright and solid, we are seated at the foot of the Bodhi tree.
Body, speech, and mind are one in stillness; there is no more thought of right and wrong.
Our mind and body dwell in perfect mindfulness.
We rediscover our original nature, leaving the shore of illusion behind.
Noble Sangha, diligently bring your mind into meditation.

Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya