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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Waking Up

Rinzai, Blue Cliff Record, Bell, Book of Serenity, Aspects of Practice
Jun 26 2021

Mountain Seat Ceremony Rehersal

Serial: BZ-02815

Rehersal for Hozan Alan Senauke's Mountain Seat Ceremony. 

Dragons, Bodhidharma, Bell, Silence, Bowing
Jan 23 2021
Berkeley Zen Center

Public Dokusan 13

Birth-and-Death, Discrimination, Big Mind, Buddha Nature, Harmonizing, Vows, Samadhi...
Nov 20 2020

All-Sangha Meeting

Practice Position, Conversation, Fundraising, Peace, Zoom, Impermanence, Bell,...
Sep 13 2020

Public Dokusan 7

Intuition, Big Mind, Monkey Mind, Equanimity, Birth-and-Death, Doubt, Karma,...
Aug 28 2020

Public Dokusan 4

Composure, Offering, Emotions, Bell, Daily Life, Conversation, Building, Zoom,...
Jul 17 2020

Work Group Recording 1

Bell, Zoom, Instruction, training, Chanting
Jun 17 2020

Work Group Recording 2

Bodhisattva Vow, Zoom, training, Bell, Vows, Chanting, Instruction
Jun 17 2020

Using At Hand

Sanctuary, Bell, Book of Serenity, Building, Oneness, Separation, Zoom, Patience,...
May 23 2020

Living With The Epidemic

Transmission, training, Harmonizing, Bowing, Silence, Concentration, Bell, Separation...
Mar 07 2020

Joyful Effort

Sangha, War, Enthusiasm, Politics, Patience, Silence, Bell, Culture, Lay
Mar 01 2020

The Fire of Zen

Monastic Practice, Global Warming, Nirvana, War, Politics, Interview, Liberation,...
Jan 25 2020

Intention and Letting Go

Vows, Birth-and-Death, Daily Life, New Year, Bell, Tassajara, Conversation, Doubt,...
Jan 04 2020

Awareness of and Responsiveness to the Body

Emotions, Bodhisattva Vow, Posture, Vows, Offering, Instruction, Politics, Gratitude...
Nov 30 2019

The Mother Line of Buddhism

Serial: BZ-02709

 0103

 

War, Peace, Teacher-and-Student, Hindrances, Offering, Samsara, Sangha, Patience,...
Oct 20 2019

Together Action

Intimacy, Four Noble Truths, Aspects of Practice, Culture, Hindrances, Observe, Bell...
Oct 05 2019

Give Up Hope

Hsin Hsin Ming, Bell, Lotus Sutra, Impermanence, uchiyama, Tassajara, Practice Period...
Sep 28 2019

Making a Buddha

training, Daily Life, Separation, Hate, War, Bell, Culture, Building, Anger, Priest...
Sep 20 2019

About the Shuso

Serial: BZ-02688

Sesshin Day 5

 

Practice Period, Bell, Tassajara, Posture, Cultivation, Mindfulness, Precepts,...
Jun 23 2019

Love Sesshin

Serial: BZ-02685

Sesshin Day 2

 

Instruction, Platform Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, Big Mind, Birth-and-Death, Bell,...
Jun 20 2019

Choosing Fredom

Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, Intimacy, Obstacles, Instruction, Dependent...
May 04 2019

Three Turnings of the Wheel

Mahayana, Bodhisattva Vow, cognitive process, Vows, Gratitude, Four Foundations,...
Jan 26 2019

Zen Training

training, Practice Position, Posture, Instruction, Gaining Mind, New Year, Bell, Evil...
Jan 05 2019

Being Shuso and Learning to Say Yes

Practice Period, Don't Know Mind, Buddha Nature, training, Lay, Patience, Bowing...
Dec 15 2018

Provider of Many and Varied Opportunities To Experience and Penetrate the Arising and Cessation of Suffering

Serial: BZ-02652

Rohatsu Day 5

 

Impermanence, Anger, Mindfulness, Monkey Mind, Vows, Demons, Greed, Happiness, Birth-...
Dec 06 2018

Merit Gathas by Robert Aitken: The Dragon Who Never Sleeps

Serial: BZ-02651

Rohatsu Day 4

 

Bell, Vows, Offering, Bodhidharma, Priest-and-Lay, Buddha Mind, Soto Zen, Aspects of...
Dec 05 2018

Birth, Death and Breath

Serial: BZ-02649

Rohatsu Day 2

 

Birth-and-Death, Concentration, Duality, Passions, Peace, Ego, Impermanence, Observe...
Dec 03 2018

Introduction to Joshu

Ordinary Mind, Passions, Hindrances, Patience, confusion, Culture, Karma, Gratitude,...
Nov 24 2018

Maylie Scott Bears the Unbearable Sesshin: Close Aspects of Practice

Berkeley Zen Center, Peace, Conversation, Transmission, Offering, Dharma Transmission...
Nov 03 2018

Prodigal Daughter

Gaining Mind, Repentance, Religion, Ego, Instruction, Gratitude, Silence, Hindrances...
Jul 07 2018

Suzuki Roshi Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha

Serial: BZ-02621

Sesshin Day 5

 

Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Emotions, Intimacy, Attachment, Dogen, Bell,...
Jun 17 2018

Nirvana Study Sesshin Day 2 Lecture 3

Composure, Bell, Obstacles, Nirvana, Daily Life, Ego, Heart Sutra, Two Truths,...
Feb 18 2018

Beloved Community

Community, Non-violence, Vows, War, Hindrances, Evil, Bell, Conversation, Hate,...
Jan 20 2018

Paramitas: Dana

Dana Paramita, Attachment, Branching Streams, Offering, Right Speech, Precepts, Greed...
Nov 18 2017

About Elsicia Easley's Visit

Bell, Separation, Instruction, American, Peace, Attachment
Oct 02 2017
Berkeley Zen Center

Practice and Ritual: Just Enough

Soto Zen, soto, Monastic Practice, Precepts, training, Heart Sutra, Chanting, zen...
Jun 24 2017

Fundamentals of Zazen: Being in Time

Serial: BZ-02514

Rohatsu Day 1

 

Posture, Big Mind, Bell, Beginners, resistance, Chanting, Discrimination, Offering,...
Dec 04 2016

Chanting Class: Japanese Pronunciation

Chanting, Vows, Bell
May 09 2016
Berkeley Zen Center

Mary speaks to Dean about silence

Silence, Bell, Book of Serenity, Manjushri, Four Foundations, Equanimity, Patience,...
Apr 16 2016

Yunmen's Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other

Serial: BZ-02469

Class Blue Cliff Record 67

 

BCR-67, Cultivation, Heart Sutra, Birth-and-Death, Darkness and Light, Light-and-...
Mar 28 2016

Time Being

Demons, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Bell, Birth-and-Death, Addiction, Enemies, Greed,...
Mar 25 2016

Yunmen's Body Exposed in The Golden Wind

Serial: BZ-02467

Class Blue Cliff Record Case 27

 

BCR-27, Dragons, Buddha Ancestors, Birth-and-Death, Bodhidharma, New Year, Sixth...
Mar 21 2016

Joshu's Wash Your Bowl

Greed, Sixth Patriarch, Ordinary Mind, Bell, Buddha Mind, Repentance, Aspects of...
Feb 20 2016

Plum Blossoms

Concentration, Dharma Transmission, New Year, Teacher-and-Student, Bell, Priest-and-...
Jan 30 2016

Nothing Holy About It

Silence, Culture, War, Bodhidharma, Bell, Tassajara, Emotions, Fox, Interdependence,...
Sep 19 2015

Hakuins' Song Not By Myself

Global Warming, Five Ranks, Religion, Bell, War, Silence, Lineage, Describe,...
Sep 05 2015

What Makes Zen Center Run - Q&A

Absolute-and-Relative, Practice Period, Dragons, Bell, Building, Monastic Practice,...
Aug 22 2015

Rohatsu Day 5

resistance, Ego, Four Foundations, Posture, Observe, Anger, Harmonizing, Describe,...
Dec 04 2014

Suffering and Faith

Anger, Death-and-Dying, Four Noble Truths, Practice Position, Duality, Don't...
Feb 15 2014

Joshu's Wash Your Bowl

Subject-and-Object, Bell, Separation, Heart Sutra, Practice Period, Buddha Nature,...
Jun 01 2013
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