Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, worship, psychic control or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, dogmas, rituals, books, temples, and forms, are but secondary details. -- Swami Vivikenanda
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The Meditation Bell
The Zen Buddhist emphasis on the Temple Bell as a Mindfulness lesson teaches us how to cultivate that peacefulness when we hear noises that might otherwise cause stress. It is a meditation unto itself to learn and appreciate the proper ringing of the bell because as the bell resounds, you blend into the sound and become the Bell.
As before any ritual, the Gatha Prayer is recited, for focus ... followed by a light tap warm-up ring of the bell before the actual intended sounding:
My body, speech and mind in perfect
Oneness I send my heart along with the sound of the bell