Place incense in holder. Invite bell and enjoy it for three full, mindful breaths. Take the bell, stand, and bow to altar. Mindfully return to cushion, bench, or chair.
3. QUIET SITTING MEDITATION: Invite the bell and enjoy it for three full, mindful breaths.
Breathe mindfully and fill the bell with your heart saying:
Body, speech, and mind in perfect oneness,Invite the bell three times, each time enjoying it for three full, mindful breaths and then say:
I send my heart along with the sound of the bell.
May the hearers awaken from forgetfulness
and realize their true home.
Listen, listen,Sit for 20 minutes.
this beautiful sound
takes me back to the island within.
Wake the bell up and then invite the bell to end the sitting. People may wish to bow. Invite another bell for stretching. After everyone has stopped stretching, invite a bell for standing.
Invite the bell for bowing to each other.
Invite the bell for bowing to altar.
4. MINDFUL WALKING MEDITATION: Read a selection from Thay's "The Long Road Turns to Joy" or another selection on walking meditation. Invite the bell to signal the start of walking.
Walk mindfully for about 10 minutes.
Invite the bell to signal everyone to return and stand behind their seats. When everyone is in place, invite the bell for bowing to each other.
Invite the bell for bowing to the altar.
Ask everyone to be seated.
5. ANNOUNCEMENTS/CONCERNS Remember to ask for volunteers for Bell Minder and Door Minder for next week!
6. CEREMONY / READING / DHARMA SHARING (Click here for Dharma Sharing Guidelines)
7. CLOSING CIRCLE: Bring bell to center of circle for "All My Relations" and begin with a hand squeeze to the person on your left. When it seems that everyone is finished with his/her offerings, say a closing benediction of your choice, or any part or all of one of the meditations in the appendix. Invite the bell for bows to each other.
Invite the bell for bows to the altar.
Mindfully walk to altar...snuff candle..turn, and bow to others.
METTA (LOVING KINDNESS) MEDITATIONS
An Even Shorter Alternative:
Another traditional way to close any ceremony is by sharing the merit: