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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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

The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

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

From Where Does an Appropriate Response Emerge?

Cultivation, Perfect Wisdom, Cause-and-Effect, Faith, Perfect Wisdom, causation, Fox...
Sep 12 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Three Kinds of Compassion 

Separation, Cultivation, Bell, Funeral, practicing generosity, Teacher-and-Student,...
Nov 11 2012
No Abode Hermitage

The Bodhisattva's Perfection of Being Ordinary 

Subject-and-Object, Addiction, Patience, japanese, Buddha Mind, Impermanence, Soto...
Nov 12 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Study of delusion is the Buddha Way 

Anger, Commitment, Bell, Funeral, cognitive process, Don't Know Mind, zen...
Aug 13 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Leaving Home and Receiving the Precepts 

Bodhisattva Precepts, Lotus Sutra, Commitment, Karmic Consciousness, Priest, Bell,...
Sep 26 2009
No Abode Hermitage

The Ultimate Transcends All Argumentation

Samdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra Chapter 2

Samdhinormonchana Sutra (Part V),
Chapter Two, Afternoon Dharma Talk
Saturday May 23, 2009, P.M.
No Abode

Non-violence, Lotus Sutra, Doubt, Faith, Mahayana, Soto Zen, Sangha, soto, Bell,...
May 23 2009
No Abode Hermitage

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Intimacy, Separation, Desire, Bell, Bodhisattva Precepts, Letting Go, Manjushri,...
Apr 10 2008
The Yoga Room

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, Discrimination, Bell, Observe, Evil, Intimacy, Mahayana, difficulty,...
Apr 03 2008
The Yoga Room

Only a Buddha and a Buddha

The Lotus Sutra says that the desire to help beings open to Buddha's wisdom is the condition for Buddha's appearing in this world.

Lotus Sutra, Religion, Desire, Soto Zen, Non-duality, soto, Bell, Separation,...
Jul 28 2007
No Abode Hermitage

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


The pursuit of happiness vs. wanting others to be happy; happiness from absorption in activity

Teachings on Happiness for Dancing Mountains Sangha newsletter
Date: February 3, 2007...

Desire, zen meditation, Religion, Bell, Culture, Patience, Confession-and-Repentance...
Feb 03 2007
No Abode Hermitage

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, Emotions, Birth-and-Death, Attachment, Intuition, Bell, Culture, Anger...
Jan 08 2006
Part 2
Green Gulch Farm