New Year's Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2024

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39270

    New Year's Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan 2024



    The year has passed here in Tsukuba!

    A New Year's 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 rung 108 times (sometimes by the temple priests, sometimes by parishioners, and really nobody keeps count) 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.

    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."

    PS - Not a Soto temple this time, but many temples in Japan are live streaming like this one, which is pretty cool, from a Pure Land temple, one of the largest bells in Japan, about 500 years old (quite a bang, watch from anywhere around the middle of the video):

    https://youtu.be/iljXj5y2hg8

    Here is a smaller temple, where local people come to ring the bell. (Also not a Soto temple, but it is the same at most of the Soto temples in Japan tonight):



    WISHING YOU A YEAR OF THE DRAGON
    THAT WON'T BE DRAGGIN' 2024




    Gassho, Jundo

    SatTodayLAH


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    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Onki
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Dec 2020
    • 672

    #2
    Happy New Year, Jundo! [emoji322][emoji3060][emoji323]

    It isn’t quite midnight here yet (It’s 11am here in London, Ontario, Canada)! There will be a celebration in Victoria Park this evening that Sarah and I will be attending.

    May 2024 bring health, happiness, and love [emoji1431]

    Gasshō,

    On

    Sat today/LAH
    “Let me respectfully remind you
    Life and death are of supreme importance.
    Time swiftly passes by
    And opportunity ist lost.
    Each of us should strive to awaken.
    Awaken, take heed,
    Do not squander your life.​“ - Life and Death and The Great Matter

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    • Shinshi
      Treeleaf Unsui
      • Jul 2010
      • 3501

      #3
      Thank you Jundo. Happy New Year.

      Gassho, Shinshi
      空道 心志 Kudo Shinshi
      I am just a priest-in-training, any resemblance between what I post and actual teachings is purely coincidental.
      E84I - JAJ

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      • Naiko
        Member
        • Aug 2019
        • 838

        #4
        Such a lovely tradition! Happy New Year, Jundo, and Treeleaf Sangha!

        Naiko
        stlah

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        • Shokai
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Mar 2009
          • 6391

          #5
          Best wishes for the Dragon Year. Did you get your new rake (kumode) at the Shrine?


          js/stlah
          合掌,生開
          gassho, Shokai

          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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          • Kotei
            Treeleaf Unsui
            • Mar 2015
            • 3932

            #6
            Thank you Jundo.
            A Happy and Peaceful New Year!

            Gassho,
            Kotei sat/lah today.

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

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            • Chikyou
              Member
              • May 2022
              • 568

              #7
              Happy New Year Jundo!

              May 2024 be prosperous and eventful in only the right ways.

              Gassho,
              SatLah
              Kelly
              Chikyō 知鏡
              (KellyLM)

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              • Onkai
                Treeleaf Unsui
                • Aug 2015
                • 2838

                #8
                Thank you Jundo. Happy New Year to all!

                Gassho, Onkai
                Sat lah
                美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
                恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

                I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

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                • Jishin
                  Member
                  • Oct 2012
                  • 4819

                  #9
                  שנה טובה לכולם!

                  Gassho, Jishin, ST, LAH

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                  • Jundo
                    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                    • Apr 2006
                    • 39270

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Jishin
                    שנה טובה לכולם!

                    Gassho, Jishin, ST, LAH
                    I love when you write in Tibetan!

                    Whether 5784 or 4720 (the Chinese year) or 2150 (by the Tibetan calendar) or 2024 ... it will be a good year.

                    Happy New Year, Ji.

                    Gassho, Jundo

                    stlah
                    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                    • Tokan
                      Treeleaf Unsui
                      • Oct 2016
                      • 1230

                      #11
                      Happy New Year to all

                      Gassho, Tokan

                      satlah
                      平道 島看 Heidou Tokan (Balanced Way Island Nurse)
                      I enjoy learning from everyone, I simply hope to be a friend along the way

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                      • Washin
                        Treeleaf Unsui
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 3752

                        #12
                        Thank you Jundo.

                        May 2024 bring Peace...

                        З Новим Роком!

                        Gassho
                        Washin
                        Kaidō (皆道) Every Way
                        Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
                        ----
                        I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything that I say must not be considered as teaching
                        and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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                        • Myojin
                          Member
                          • Feb 2023
                          • 234

                          #13
                          Happy new year Jundo and the rest of treeleaf.

                          For a good start to the year, a mysterious envelope arrived in the post first thing this morning, the last leg of sewing has arrived.

                          Gassho,

                          Sattlah
                          Dan

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                          • Do Mi
                            Member
                            • Apr 2023
                            • 95

                            #14
                            Happy new year, Jundo and all my sangha here!
                            I will be sitting a bit after midnight, US Pacific time.

                            In gassho,
                            sat lah

                            Do Mi

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                            • Jundo
                              Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                              • Apr 2006
                              • 39270

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Dan65
                              Happy new year Jundo and the rest of treeleaf.

                              For a good start to the year, a mysterious envelope arrived in the post first thing this morning, the last leg of sewing has arrived.

                              Gassho,

                              Sattlah
                              Dan
                              It sure took a circular route to get to you. In most past years, I could have just driven over to your place and dropped it off!

                              (By the way, quite some shaking here, and I assume where you were. However, it is Ishikawa Prefecture, where old Sojiji and other Soto temples are, that felt the earthquake today hardest. I hope all is okay there.)

                              Gassho, Jundo

                              stlah
                              Last edited by Jundo; 01-01-2024, 08:59 AM.
                              ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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