This Zen Bell hangs from a cord that is hand beaded with sea shells, bamboo, painted bamboo, glass, bone and mala (prayer) beads and combines a Chinese coin replica with a hand crafted porcelain 'shard' with the OM symbol. Each bell's beading will be different.
The Zen Bell hangs about 32 inches from the top of the cord to the bottom of the prayer flag.
The Chinese character for 'compassion' is on the Zen Bell
Some notes from the artist: The bamboo silk flag is double sided with 'Touch the Earth' in Japanese on one side and in English on the other side. The first two kanji or characters of the Japanese calligraphy refer to the soil and the planet earth; the following kanji refer to connecting in your heart with all sentient beings of our earth. I always see the simple elegance of bamboo as a metaphor for the strength of our inner spirit. The fine art calligraphy called 'SHODO' was created by Kyoko Hunt, my good friend who lives in Kyoto, Japan. Comes with nice story card.
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 Cinese coin.