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Thread: New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan

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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 ...

    Last edited by Jundo; 12-31-2014 at 02:09 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

    #SAT TODAY!

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    Thank you.


    Gassho,
    Edward
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Happy New Every-Moment! Love it! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen
    RINDO SHINGEN
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Thank you.

    gassho,
    william
    "First you have to give up." Tyler Durden

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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!

    Kyonin
    Please remember I am only a priest in training. I could be wrong in everything I say. Slap me if needed.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Mr. Spock

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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
    Sam

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    Gassjho

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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!


    Shugen
    As a priest in training, please take everything I say with a pinch of salt

    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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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!



    Gassho,
    Dosho
    Ordained Priest -In-Training
    Please take what I say with a grain of salt,
    especially in matters of the Dharma!

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    Happy New Year All.

    Gassho
    Gary
    Drinking tea and eating rice.

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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

    Taigu
    Last edited by Taigu; 12-31-2013 at 10:49 PM.

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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

    Entai (Bill)
    "Be kind - for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - Plato

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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
    Neika / Ian Adams

    寧 Nei - Peaceful/Courteous
    火 Ka - Fire

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. --Dogen

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    Happy new year

    Gassho

    Shawn

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    Kantai
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    Happy new year everyone!

    Gassho
    Ed

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    Happy New Year everyone!

    Gassho,

    Timo


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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,

    Rob
    if I keep a green bough in my heart.


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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,
    Myozan

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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

    Anshu-Henri
    Le secret consiste donc seulement à dire "OUI" et à se jeter dans le vide. Dès lors, il n'y a plus de problème. Il s'agit d'être soi-même dans l'instant présent, toujours soi-même, sans s'accrocher à son vieux moi.
    Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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    Happy New Year! A peaceful 2014 to you all!

    Gassho,
    Tim
    "The moment has priority". ~ Bon Haeng

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    Happy new year Yeeeaaahhh

    Hassho
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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
    Matt

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