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Thread: New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2016

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    New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2016

    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 ...


    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 01-01-2016 at 02:57 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Yugen
    Guest
    Happy New Year to everyone - Peace -

    Deep bows
    Yugen

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    Hello,

    Thank you.

    Metta to all.


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

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    Thank you all,

    Happy New Year.

    I will be in bed long before it arrives in New Mexico

    Gassho

    Randy
    sattoday

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    Gassho,
    Anshu

    _/st\_

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    Happy New Year to all,



    Willow

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    Thank you
    sat today
    Elgwyn
    Gasshop


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Kind Ubasoku, calm poetry, I seek to support; to be supportive.

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    Happy New Year Jundo! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2016.

    Gassho
    Lisa
    sat today

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    Happy new year to all,
    Gassho, David

    sattoday
    If you miss the moment, you miss your life - John Daido Loori

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    Happy New Year to all!


    Libby

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    Happy new year to all!

    Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_

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    Mp
    Guest
    Happy New Year everyone ... peace and love to you all! =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #sattoday

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    Hi.

    Happy new year!

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen

    #Sat2day
    Life is our temple and its all good practice
    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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    Happy New Year everyone...


    I wish you all joy, peace,love, good health and lots of laughter in 2016.




    May all beings be happy and free from suffering!




    Gassho
    omom


    sattoday
    Last edited by Anchi; 12-31-2015 at 08:48 PM.
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    安知 Anchi

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    Thank you for the video Jundo.
    Happy New Year to everyone.

    Gassho
    Sergey
    sat-today

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    Happy New Year! Everyone.

    Deep bows of gratitude to all my Sangha friends for all your wise thoughts over the year. (I might not have much to say but I always do listen) 108 prostrations of gratitude to Jundo for all his hard work, wise words and careful teachings; it has been a precious gift.

    Wishing you all well for 2016.

    Martyn.

    Sat today.

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    I wish you all a happy and peaceful year.

    Gassho, Entai
    #SatToday

    泰 Entai (Bill)
    "this is not a dress rehearsal"

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    Joyo
    Guest
    Happy New Year =)

    Gassho,
    Joyo
    sat today

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    best to all for this new year.

    SAT TODAY
    Shozan

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    Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a safe and wonderful 2016

    Metta

    Gassho

    Clarisse


    Sat2Day

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    Member Getchi's Avatar
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    Happy New Year friends!!!


    Geoff
    SatToday
    Nothing to do? Why not Sit?

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    Happy New Year!

    Gassho,
    Ralf sattoday.

    義道 冴庭 / Gidō Kotei.
    Being a novice priest doesn't mean that my writing about the Dharma is more substantial than yours. Actually, it might well be the other way round.

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    A happy new year to all.

    Gassho,

    Kirk

    #SatLastYear
    流文

    I know nothing.

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    Happy New Year, Jundo, and everyone at Treeleaf!

    I only heard about the 108 bells this morning from a Chicago friend whose Jōdo Shinshū sangha also does this. Is lovely.

    Gassho
    Kokuu
    #sattoday
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    Happy New This Moment to everyone!

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍

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    Happy New Year everyone!


    Kelly/Jinmei

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    Happy New Year my friends

    Gassho
    Frank

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    A bit of a belated Happy New Year everyone, and thank you for the uplifting link Jundo

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Happy New Year all
    Gassho Heisoku
    Sat today

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

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    May we together with all beings enter this new trip around the sun with a pure mind filled with kind, happy thoughts.

    wishing you all a wonder filled 2016

    gassho, Shokai / not J.C.

    #sattoday
    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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    Just catching up on Treeleaf after the holidays...
    A Happy New Year to all (-:

    Jeremy
    sattoday

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    Happy new year!

    The local sangha performs the joya-no-kane ceremony every year, but since New Year is a very big family celebration here, I can not go, because I spent new year with my parents in law.

    I hope next year I could go.

    Gassho, Daiyo

    #SatToday
    Gassho,Walter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Just catching up on Treeleaf after the holidays...
    A Happy New Year to all (-:

    Jeremy
    sattoday
    Ditto! Happy New Year, All!

    -satToday
    Thanks,
    Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
    Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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    Happy new year!!

    Gasho,

    Risho
    -sattoday

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