the empty bell
a contemplative sanctuary
Welcome! The Empty Bell is a physical and online sanctuary for the study and practice of Christian meditation and prayer. Our purpose is to learn about the history and practice of the Christian contemplative way as rooted in the Gospels, and to explore its common ground with other ancient Wisdom teachings. We give special attention to the Christian-Buddhist dialogue, to artistic expression of spiritual insight, and to how our spiritual awareness motivates and guides stewardship of our bio-diverse natural world.
My Dear Far-Nearness is a ground-breaking exploration of the Holy Trinity as three dimensions of spiritual awareness. The book’s title is a name for God used by the 14th century mystic, Marguerite Porete. The Holy One is both near and far, because God has no location. God is not in any one place on this earth or in the infinite cosmos. This new book is Dr. Jonas’ reflection on 50 years of spiritual exploration, wondering, “What exactly is the Holy Trinity,” and “how can we access the inner life of the Trinity in our spiritual and everyday awareness?”
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Look for a different shakuhachi piece on each page of this website. Press the play button to the left to listen.
Honshirabé – “origin investigation”
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