If you’ve been around meditation for a while, you know that there isn’t a “right” way to practice meditation. So long as you are able to muster up the mojo to place your focus within, you’re all set. Some use a candle or look for a meditation online, while others listen to binaural beats or chanting to help them relax into stillness. For Buddhists, a meditation practice, more often than not, involves the use of a bell.
Checkout this latest Charlotte Observer post from Tim Funk. In it, Funk follows one Charlotte Buddhist group as they go through their Sunday morning meditation ritual. The article goes somewhat in depth as to the meaning of the bell for this group of meditating individuals.
“In our tradition, the bell is considered the voice of a friend or the voice of the Buddha, calling us back to the present moment,” says Leslie Rawls, the Dharma teacher for the Charlotte Community of Mindfulness. “So, the sound of the bell is an invitation to have a moment of meditation.”
And that’s key: After all, it was while meditating that the Buddha – Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism in ancient India – attained nirvana, or enlightenment.
Read more from Funk on the Buddhist meditation bell here.