Bell Talks

A bell is a directly struck idiophone percussion instrument. Most bells have the shape of a hollow cup that when struck vibrates in a single strong strike tone, with its sides forming an efficient resonator. The strike may be made by an internal "clapper" or "uvula", an external hammer, or—in small bells—by a small loose sphere enclosed within the body of the bell (jingle bell).

Bells are usually cast from bell metal (a type of bronze) for its resonant properties, but can also be made from other hard materials. This depends on the function. Some small bells such as ornamental bells or cowbells can be made from cast or pressed metal, glass or ceramic, but large bells such as a church, clock and tower bells are normally cast from bell metal.

Bells intended to be heard over a wide area can range from a single bell hung in a turret or bell-gable, to a musical ensemble such as an English ring of bells, a carillon or a Russian zvon which are tuned to a common scale and installed in a bell tower. Many public or institutional buildings house bells, most commonly as clock bells to sound the hours and quarters.

Historically, bells have been associated with religious rites, and are still used to call communities together for religious services. Later, bells were made to commemorate important events or people and have been associated with the concepts of peace and freedom. The study of bells is called campanology.

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Protecting and Liberating All Beings

A residential retreat at Mount Madonna.

#MtMadonna-2021-Fall, Compassion, Paramitas, Diversity, Intimacy, Faith, Observe,...
Nov 21 2021
1 of 2
Mount Madonna Center

Ten Vows, Ten Practices, and Ten Cakes

Discrimination, Bowing, Japan, Bell, Attachment, Priest, Dragons, Doubt, Bodhidharma...
Mar 07 2020
No Abode Hermitage

Buddha Has Reasons For Teaching Non-Self And Buddha Has Reasons For Teaching Self

Addiction, Nirvana Sutra, Impermanence, Religion, Nirvana, Letting Go, practicing...
Feb 01 2020
No Abode Hermitage

Teachings for the Welfare of the World

In this summer series, teachings will be offered for those who aspire to embrace and sustain the great earth and all living beings in order to realize peace and freedom in our troubled world.

YRB-2019-Summer, Silence, Mindfulness, Addiction, japanese, zen meditation, Duality,...
Jul 23 2019
The Yoga Room

Buddha Activity

The work of buddhas — buddha activity — is realizing intimacy and liberation in conversation together with all beings. In this series of meetings we will contemplate what it is to fully engage with...

YRB-2019-Spring, zen meditation, Silence, Evil, Faith, Doubt, causation, Bell,...
Mar 05 2019
The Yoga Room

Zazen Is World Transformation

Koans, using consciousness to go beyond consciousness; the path which can be spoken is not the true path.

Enlightenment, Consciousness, Meditation, Conversation, Priest, japanese, lecture,...
Apr 01 2017
No Abode Hermitage

Buddhas And Bodhisattvas Are Intimate Communication

Bodhisattvas vow to teach. Lay bodhisatta and priest bodhisattvas are both students and teachers of the dharma. 

Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Buddha, Teacher-and-Student, Samadhi, Lay, Bell,...
Oct 08 2016
No Abode Hermitage

The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

Lotus Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Faith, Zazen, Perfect Wisdom, Bell, Samadhi
Jun 11 2016
No Abode Hermitage

On Breathing 

Posture, Breath, Bell, Nirvana, Daily Life
Aug 15 2013
The Yoga Room

Three Kinds of Compassion 

Karmic Consciousness, Bell, Separation, Cultivation, Funeral
Nov 11 2012
No Abode Hermitage

The Room, the Seat, and the Robe 

Lotus Sutra, Hate, true dharma, Parinirvana, Bell
Apr 14 2012
No Abode Hermitage

Transforming the Mind of Delusion 

causation, Bell, Mahayana, Greed
Aug 18 2011
The Yoga Room

Study of delusion is the Buddha Way 

Anger, Commitment, Bell, Money
Aug 13 2011
No Abode Hermitage

About the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, true dharma, Bell, Bodhisattva Vow, Dogen
Apr 19 2008
No Abode Hermitage

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Intimacy, Bell, Separation, Desire, Emptiness
Apr 10 2008
The Yoga Room

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, Bell, Discrimination, Observe, Evil
Apr 03 2008
The Yoga Room

Zen Meditation as Bodhisattva Vow

During this course, we will study the bodhisattva vow, to see how the compassionate intentions of enlightening beings generate, work, and play with the mind of enlightenment to promote peace and...

Nirvana, Bodhisattva Vow, Harmonizing, Lotus Sutra, zen meditation, true dharma, Bell...
Jul 17 2007
The Yoga Room

Crisis: A Spiritual Turning Point

Spiritual life exists in crisis, which can be used as a turning point. To the extent that we recognize that where we sit right now is a turning point, we are able to understand the possibility of...

Transmission, Intuition, Emotions, Bell, Continuous
Jan 08 2006
Part 2
Green Gulch Farm