Inviting the Bell

bell master should be calm, solid, and mindful

  1. bow to bell
  2. silently recite gatha (below) with hand on the inviter
  3. wake-up the bell by inviting the bell without releasing the sound => announces to people that there will be a bell- gives time to prepare for practice, so stop thinking and talking
  4. breathe in and out
  5. invite the full sound of the bell
  6. breathe in and out three times IF INVITING MULTIPLE TIMES repeat (5)-(6 ) 

 

GATHA:

Body, speech and mind in perfect oneness

I send my heart along with the sound of the bell

May the hearers awaken from forgetfulness and end all suffering OR [may all who hear awaken together from forgetfulness and transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow]