When purified of self-centeredness, passion is expressed as devotion to others, caring skillfully and utterly about their welfare; it is also expressed as joy in living and appreciation of the unique beauty of each moment.
At Doi Suthep, a large and beautiful temple in northern Thailand, I took a photo of these bells hung around the complex by practitioners. From each bell hung a ringer in the shape of a leaf from the Bodhi tree where the Buddha first experienced enlightenment. Prayers and blessing are inscribed on the leaf by the individual who placed the bell.
The shape of the leaf reminds me of a heart and the heartfelt wishes of the person making his or her offering at the temple. Many are hung to commemorate a loved one and wish them well on their journey after death. Others are asking for relief from suffering for a family member or themselves. Some ask for the blessing of a healthy child or acceptance into a job or university. As the wind moves the bells and releases their music the wishes are sent on their mission.
Many Buddhist practitioners may make a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Doi Suthep as it is considered a great Buddhist site. As I joined the many men and women circling the main stupa I felt a deep sense of reverence and joy shared by all.