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Sounds of Buddhism: Buddhist Bells

Ringing the bell three times signifies appreciation for the Three Treasures

The bell is considered butsugu or a Buddhist accessory used to make offerings to the Gohonzon (object of worship). When we ring the bell, we should do so with sincerity and serenity as we make an offering of sound to the Gohonzon.

The bell is used during our morning and evening prayers called Gongyo. When we place offerings on the altar (food, rice, water), we ring the bell three times and observe this silent prayer:

“I offer deepest gratitude to the Three Treasures of the Buddhism of Sowing. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.”

Ringing the bell three times signifies appreciation for the Three Treasures – The Buddha – Nichiren Daishonin; The Law – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo; and the Priesthood – Nikko Shonin and successive High Priests.

You can read more about how to use the bell in the book, Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice.

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