Campaign Projects: Green Gulch Farm
Bell Tower

A temple bell and a bell tower to support it are traditional elements of a Zen Buddhist temple. 

Green Gulch Bell

Green Gulch Bell

When someone strikes the bell—at dawn, mid-day or dusk—he or she bows three times, offering their deepest intentions that all those who hear the sound of the bell will be awakened and be freed from all suffering.

Green Gulch Farm’s bell, called a bonsho, or obonsho (great sacred bell), was crafted in Japan and brought to America in 1975. For years, it has hung from the massive branch of a very large tree near the meditation hall.

Green Gulch has always intended to create a beautiful, traditional tower for the bonsho bell, yet there were always pressing priorities in the community. In 2012, when Hoistsu Suzuki Roshi (the son of Zen Center’s founder) visited Green Gulch, he expressed sadness for the bell’s place in our community, reminded us of the importance of the bell, and re-inspired us to create a real and enduring home for it.

The new bell tower will be located on the front lawn across from the zendo – the lawn is being refurbished after the construction of Still Water Hall and the renovation of Cloud Hall. There is a beautiful design planned for the tower.

Bell Tower painting by Marguerite Fletcher

Bell Tower painting by Marguerite Fletcher

The cost of the new bell tower is approximately $147,000. The community has raised $121,220 toward this goal, leaving $25,780 still to be raised* (figures updated on 12/18/15). Construction and installation of the bell tower will begin this year, 2015.

*Due to a discrepancy in our systems, we adjusted the amounts raised and left to raise for the project on 8/21/15.

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Additional resources:
  • Read more about this project (PDF)
  • Listen to Zoketsu Norman Fisher’s Dharma Talk at Green Gulch Farm on October 25, 2015 where he talks about the Bell Tower project:

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Sketch of Bell Tower Design

Sketch of Bell Tower Design

 

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