Shared listening creates a sound haven that awakens compassion for ourselves and others.
A collection of quotes about the powers of sound and music, from many sources...
From Claire Garabedian:
“There is no greater and more living resonator of sound than the human body. Sound has an effect on each atom of the body, and each atom resounds.”
- Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)
“Music is the medium that transcends consciousness and is therefore uniquely able to reach patients within borderline states between life and death.” (Renz et al., 2005:962)
“With the right music you either forget everything or remember everything.” (Anon)
From the Greater Boston Zen Center:
Absorbing world sounds awakens a buddha right here!
This buddha, the source of compassion.
This buddha receives only compassion.
Buddha, Dharma, Sangha― just compassion.
Thus, the pure heart always rejoices.
In the light, recall this.
In the dark, recall this.
Moment after moment
the true heart arises.
Time after time
there is nothing but this.
Invocation of Kanzeon/Guanyin/Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion
―whose name means “the one who perceives the cries of the world.”