Han-shō 半鐘

This bell announces a service is about to begin. It signals the congregations to begin sitting in silence. 

At the Kannon Temple of Nevada we hit this bell 108 times on New Year’s Eve to say “Good Bye” to the 108 selfish-attachments or bononō 煩悩, and welcome A Happy New Year. 

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