Zen Bells

lg. Zen Bell

sm. Zen Bell

Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3

The voice of a bell speaks to your heart....Awake, awake....
hear the moment..........feel the moment...smell the moment.......
taste the moment..................Relax.......and ‘be here now!’.

On each Zen Bell is the Chineses character for ‘Compassion’.

Compassion is defined as a:
“Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.”

The hand crafted ' OM' ceramic symbol, celebrates all life, which is dependent on the gift from the cosmos of air or breath. Air chooses no one, but vibrates through all fauna and flora and folks. Each particle of existence is impregnated with energy and consciousness.We are all one as we breathe!

“We have to live in harmony and peace…this is not a dream,
this is a necessity.”   The Dalai Lama

On one side of the ceramic symbol the Character, which I created, is depressed, ‘internal’, representing the‘Yin’ or feminine spirit; the reverse side is embossed, ‘external’ representing the ‘Yang’ or male spirit. In’yo sura represents the ‘Yin/Yang’ concept in Japanese.

The ceramic symbol is woven into a hanging of black cord with mala beads (prayer beads), seashells, painted bamboo beads, glass and bone beads and a Chinese coin.

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Tibetan Buddhist monk,(www.plumvillage.com) teaches his lovely philosophy at his monastery, Plum Village, in France. A friend who had visited there said that a large bell is struck every fifteen minutes and resounds throughout the trees, indeed throughout the whole Village. She said that as she heard the sound she instantly felt aware of where she was.....................at that very moment!

If hung out doors this hand forged wrought iron bell will age into an ‘ancient monastery patina’. Silk will not mildew but if hung in a tree the banner or prayer flag will become ‘earthtiqued’.

The large Zen Bell comes with your choice of any of the silk banners.
The small Zen Bell comes with any of the 'one little prayer' flags.