In the Courtyard sits a fountain that has been filled in with dirt that now holds flowers and a bell. The silver bell, once part of a locomotive, lived from 1936 – 1986 at Silver Lake Evangelical Campground, on the Tewksbury-Wilmington Town line, before coming to Rolling Ridge. It has for a long time called folks together.
Recently, it sounded regularly, calling Buddhists together for meditation. It was central to their week because they were in silence, often in sitting prayer, or in meditative walking around the grounds. Better than someone shouting, the bell rang out a call, an invitation. Come and gather. It is a lovely, clear sound – you are invited. Come. Pay attention.