Campaign Projects: Green Gulch Farm
A temple bell and a bell tower to support it are traditional elements of a Zen Buddhist temple.Â
When someone strikes the bellâ€”at dawn, mid-day or duskâ€”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 Farmâ€™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 Centerâ€™s founder) visited Green Gulch, he expressed sadness for the bellâ€™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.
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).Â 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.
- Read more about this projectÂ (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: