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Hi Sangha, just for general edification, I think this very short sutra (attributed to Bodhidharma) contains an excellent condensation of Buddhist teachings. In spite of the title, I think it's applicable to all traditions.
ethics, concentration, wisdom
There are sutras set to music and other songs on the Plum Village website, for example see near the bottom of the page here:
On a more upbeat note, some great pictures here.
Thousands of Buddhists gathered at Thailand's Wat Dhammakaya on Wednesday to observe Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago.
So watching the birds became your meditation. Don't give up hope.