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Thread: New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2015

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    New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2015

    The year has passed here in Tsukuba! 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 ...

    Last edited by Jundo; 12-31-2015 at 04:04 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Mp
    Guest
    Happy New Year Every Moment ... all the best to everyone this coming year!

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat Today

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    Kyotai
    Guest
    Happy new year.

    Gassho Shawn
    Sat today

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    Thank you Jundo

    Happy New Year to everyone at Tree Leaf - may 2015 bring peace, love and reconciliation wherever there is conflict
    and peace of mind to all those in distress.

    Gassho

    Willow

    Sat Today

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    What a beautiful tradition. Happy new year!

    gassho
    john
    sat today

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    Nindo
    Guest
    To everybody at Treeleaf:
    May 2015 be a good year for you, may you stay healthy, may you be with those you love and do the things that make you happy!
    I'm grateful to practice with you all.

    Gassho,
    Nindo
    sattoday

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    Hello,

    Metta to all.

    (Good gong!)


    Gassho,
    Myosha sat today
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Happy new year, friends!

    Gassho

    Jen

    Sat Today (with the flu!)

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    Happy New Year to everyone at Tree Leaf,

    Gassho

    Ronald,
    who sat today.
    With gentleness overcome anger. With generosity overcome meanness. With truth overcome deceit.
    Buddha

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    I tried that with firecrackers some years ago.

    I'm very grateful to have found you, and to practice with you.

    Zazen is lighter on the eardrums and my neighbours seem to prefer it.

    Wishing you and everyone the best.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Happy New Year! Hope this year is filled with.... silence.... and happiness.

    James
    Gassho
    Sat Today

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    Happy New Year!!


    _|sat2day|_

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    Happy New Year!

    Gassho,
    Heion

    #sattoday

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    Wow!

    Jundo is like John Connor and speaks from the future!

    It's still 2014 here in Argentina.

    Happy New year to all!

    Gassho,
    Walter.

    #SatToday
    Gassho,Walter

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    Treeleaf Unsui Shugen's Avatar
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    Redding California USA
    Happy New Year to all!

    Gassho,

    Shugen

    #sattoday


    Shugen
    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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    Happy New Year everyone!

    Gassho,
    Scott

    #SatToday
    Forever is so very temporary...

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    Jundo is like John Connor and speaks from the future!
    Or he's like Star Trek IV, "Voyage Home", which was translated as "Zurück in die Gegenwart" [Back to the Present] as the German movie title.
    So now, welcome to the present Present which is our Home!
    Happy new Present 2015!

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #satto... uhm, no, 'bout half a day ago.

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    Joyo
    Guest
    Happy New Year to all.

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    Hi Danny, I used to study german for a couple of years. I always liked it.
    I used to think it was because I love Die Toten Hosen, but I like German culture since I was a teen, with no logical explanation.
    Many years after that, well into my 30's I knew I was adopted as a baby, and my biological mom was a german student or from a german (or at least german speaking) family who could not raise me and decided to give me away.
    I cannot accurately describe the feeling I had when I was sent to Frankfurt Am Main for a work training.
    When I landed there I felt home as never before, can not describe the feeling.
    It lasted only 6 days, and I don't know when, but I'm sure I'll visit Germany again before I die.

    Gassho (and sorry for the rant)
    Walter.

    #SatToday
    Gassho,Walter

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    Happy New Year!

    Gassho, Jishin, _/st\_

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    Yugen
    Guest
    Happy New Year and best wishes to all my dharma sisters and brothers at Treeleaf! Here's to a remarkable year together -

    Deep bows
    Yugen


    #sat2day

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    Best wishes for a wonderful New Year to Jundo and all at Treeleaf. This week has been a particularly sobering time here in Indonesia, with the Air Asia tragedy affecting so many and so starkly highlighting the impermanence of things. Much metta to all.

    Gassho,

    Bryson

    ​sat today

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    Hi.

    Happy new everyone.

    May the force be with you
    Fugen

    #sat2day
    Life is our temple and its all good practice
    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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    Hi all

    Happy New Year to everyone. Wishing 2015 to be a happy and peaceful year for all at Treeleaf and beyond.

    Bryson, that is indeed no way anyone would want to begin another year. So sorry for everyone affected by the Air Asia tragedy.

    Deep bows
    Kokuu
    #tooilltosittoday

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    A Happy New Year to all of you, guys!
    Hope you had a good start.

    All the best,

    Gassho,

    Daitetsu


    #sat2day
    no thing needs to be added

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    Happy New Year to everyone here at Treeleaf and also to friends at Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage.
    May we all be well and happy.
    Gassho
    Heisoku

    Sat today.
    Heisoku 平 息
    Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. (Basho)

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    Nindo
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by walter View Post
    Hi Danny, I used to study german for a couple of years. I always liked it.
    I used to think it was because I love Die Toten Hosen, but I like German culture since I was a teen, with no logical explanation.
    Many years after that, well into my 30's I knew I was adopted as a baby, and my biological mom was a german student or from a german (or at least german speaking) family who could not raise me and decided to give me away.
    I cannot accurately describe the feeling I had when I was sent to Frankfurt Am Main for a work training.
    When I landed there I felt home as never before, can not describe the feeling.
    It lasted only 6 days, and I don't know when, but I'm sure I'll visit Germany again before I die.

    Gassho (and sorry for the rant)
    Walter.

    #SatToday
    Hi Walter,
    thank you for sharing your story. (This was not a rant. A rant is when you speak in anger or frustration about something.) I had wondered why you are called Walter, but there are many families with German roots in Argentina, correct? Maybe it is not so uncommon?
    I hope you can visit Germany again one day.

    Gassho,
    Nindo
    sattoday

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    Thank you Nindo.
    I misused the term rant, I meant the idle talk instead.
    My family had not german ancestors, but italian, lebanese and argentinian ones.
    I was called Walter after my dad's best friend.
    At least that's what I were told when I asked.
    It's not an uncommon name here, but neither very common like Pablo or Diego.

    Gassho,
    Walter.

    #SatToday
    Last edited by Daiyo; 01-01-2015 at 07:16 PM.
    Gassho,Walter

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    Walter,
    I like them too!

    http://lospantalonesmuertos.blogspot...ubergehen.html

    Alles wird vorübergehen.
    Todo va a pasar.
    Es wird alles mal vorübergehen.
    Todo pasará alguna vez.

    Die gute und die schwere Zeit - nichts bleibt jemals stehen.
    Los tiempos buenos y los difíciles -nada jamás queda-.


    Thank you for sharing.
    Being an adopted child leaves many questions, much metta.
    I hope you can visit again!
    Imagine: When you and me are doing Shikantaza, we are in the same place! (though I can't tell if it's Frankfurt, never been there. But it probably is not NOT Frankfurt.)
    Willkommen zuhause. (Welcome home.)

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    A nice song which relates to impermanence:
    "Nichts bleibt für die Ewigkeit"

    Sorry for the off-topic and hope you have all begun a beautiful year.

    Gassho,
    Walter.

    #SatToday
    Gassho,Walter

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    Happy New Year, dear Sangha!
    Lets fly around the sun together on this funny little round thing.

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Happy New Year everyone...best wishes to you all!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

    Sat today

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    Thank you all for your expressions of good will for 2015; may we all enjoy a healthy and prosperous new year

    gassho,
    合掌 仁道 生開 - gassho, Jindo Shokai "Open to life in a benevolent way"
    日々是好日 【nichi nichi korego nichi】Every Day is a Good Day!!

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    Happy new moment and countless more!

    Gassho
    Shohei

    sat today

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    Happy new year!!!!

    Hope we learn and be happy

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Happy New year for everyone!!!.
    Glad to be here with you.
    Gassho
    Miguel
    PS: I participated in a Joya no Kane ceremony in a Temple in Peru some years ago. It was really an unforgettable experience.

    #Sat Today

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    Nindo
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Shohei View Post
    Happy new moment and countless more!

    Gassho
    Shohei

    sat today
    Shohei, your picture is back!

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    Happy new year, treeleaf sanga

    #sat-today

    Lucus

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    Happy New Year from South Dakot.

    Elgwyn
    Gassho
    sat today.
    Kind Ubasoku, calm poetry, I seek to support; to be supportive.

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    Shohei, your picture is back!

    I'm very glad too!
    New year of wonders.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shohei View Post
    Happy new moment and countless more!

    Gassho
    Shohei

    sat today
    Hey!! Nice to see you again, brother!

    Happy new year!

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    #SatToday
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Treeleaf Unsui Shugen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shohei View Post
    Happy new moment and countless more!

    Gassho
    Shohei

    sat today
    Wonderful to hear from you!

    Gassho,


    Shugen
    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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    We had 108 bells here in Nevada too. Sweet.
    May peace fill hearts everywhere.
    _/\_ Shinzan

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    Mp
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Shohei View Post
    Happy new moment and countless more!

    Gassho
    Shohei

    sat today
    Happy New Year everyone and yes, wonderful to see our brother Shohei. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    Sat today

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    Happy New Year dear Sangha

    May it bring good to each and everyone of you!

    Gassho
    Aske
    #SAT TODAY!
    ~ Please remember that I am very fallible.

    Gassho
    Meikyo

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    Happy new year to all!
    _/\_

    Sat today


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    Happy new year to all. Have a "joyful and ease" sitting ahead

    Gassho,
    Sam
    Sat Today

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    New Years was here in South Dakota with my daughter, my wife, and my dad. Daughter will return to Japan on the 9th, and dad will leave for California on the 13th. We will miss them both.

    Elgwyn
    sat today
    Gassho
    Kind Ubasoku, calm poetry, I seek to support; to be supportive.

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    Better late than never: happy new year

    Gassho
    Vincent

    Sat today


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    I would like to observe the Jukai, and as a fairly new member would like to be present.
    Kind Ubasoku, calm poetry, I seek to support; to be supportive.

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