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    New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan

    A New Years tradition at Buddhist temples across Japan is the ringing of the Joya-no-kane (除夜の鐘) ...


    ... the temple bell near midnight. The bell is typically rung 108 times (sometimes by the temple priests, sometimes by parishioners) to cleanse the listener of the 108 mortal afflictions (bonno ... anger, greed, ignorance, envy, hatred, arrogance and the rest) that, in traditional Buddhist thinking, are the causes of suffering. By ringing out the old year and ringing in the new, each earthly desire will be taken away and therefore we can start the New Year with a pure mind.

    From where does that sound come? To where does it go?

    Perhaps we might also say that past moments ... the up and downs, happiness and sadness ... are now gone, and a new beginning rings out ... ever new and renewing.

    Master Dogen wrote, "Zazen ... is like the hammer striking emptiness, the bell's melodious sound continues to resonate as it echoes, endlessly before and after. It is not limited to this moment ."

    HAPPY NEW EVERY-MOMENT, EVERY-ONE!

    Joya-no-kane atmosphere at a temple in Tokyo ...

    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Thank you.


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    Happy New Every-Moment! Love it! =)

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    Thank you.

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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    Thank you, Jundo!

    Perhaps it would be nice to start a little new tradition here at home. To ring the bell 108 times too!

    Lets see if that works out well.

    Happy New Year!

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    Thank you and happy New Year Jundo!
    Try not to be a jerk-- one of the Buddhas

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    Happy New Year Jundo and all my fellow treeleafers

    Gassho
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    Thank you
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    Happy New Year to you all...enjoy each and every moment! We may have a bell ringing too since my boys are so excited to stay up and celebrate the new year.

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei

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    Happy New Year!


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    Thank you for sharing! I'll be listening to this when the New Year commences!

    Happy New Year

    Alex

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    I shall ring the bell tonight...as long as I don't wake the boys and my wife doesn't get a ringing in her ears!



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    Happy New Year All.

    Gassho
    Gary
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    Happy New Year to all. Trying here to stay up until midnight, but I don't think I'll make it.

    Gassho,

    Kirk

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    Osechi, Served a meal I cannot eat
    I feel like
    A wooden Buddha

    ( osechi is a meal served the very morning of New Year, in my beloved 's family, it is made of funny looking shells, raw fish, wet seaweed, and the likes with hot sake...cannot eat a damn thing at 8 :00 in the morning, so I feel like a Buddha being offered ritual food)


    Please, have a great year, with osechi, bells, whistles, fun and not so much fun, have it all, whole and ENJOY IT!

    Gassho to all

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    Happy New Year everyone.

    May you all dance in the sunshine, dance in the rain in 2014.

    Gassho,
    Treena

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!
    Let's see, I have a bell around here somewhere...108 times you say?

    Wishing well for us all as we wander on the Way.

    Gassho!

    Jon T

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    Thank you, Jundo.
    Happy New Year everyone!
    May 2014 bring you everything you need.

    Gassho, Bill

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    Thank you Jundo. Happy New Year Everyone! I will ring the bell tonight.

    Gassho
    Bobby

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    Thank you. Happy New Year to all.

    Gassho,
    Neika
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    Happy new year

    Gassho

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    Happy new year everyone!

    Gassho
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    Happy New Year everyone!

    Gassho,

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    Nothing more is needed to be said, Happy New Year to all at Treeleaf and across our small blue marble!.

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    Thank you, Jundo. That really hits the spot today. A new blank slate, just as there always is.

    Gassho
    Andy

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    Everyone, happy new year! strong practice!

    gassho,

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    Happy New Year! Thanks to Taigu and Jundo and all my teachers here at Treeleaf. You have built an amazing Zendo without borders. It has a boundless body that will go on and on...
    108 prostrations to you,
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    Bonne année et que 2014 soit pour vous une année pleine de santé et de joies.

    Gasshô devant le Sangha de Treeleaf

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    Happy New Year! A peaceful 2014 to you all!

    Gassho,
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    Happy new year Yeeeaaahhh

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    Happy New Year and thank you, thank you, Jundo and Taigu.

    Gassho,
    Bill

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    Bit late, but Happy New Year everyone!

    Gassho
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