New Years Greetings from Treeleaf, Japan

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    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 ...

    Last edited by Jundo; 01-01-2013, 03:32 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Hans
    Member
    • Mar 2007
    • 1853

    #2
    Hello Jundo,

    thank you for the beautiful bell ringing link.

    Although it's still a few hours before the official celebratory time here in Germany, I'd also like to wish everyone a wonderful 2013!

    Gassho,

    Hans Chudo Mongen

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    • jayjay

      #3
      Jundo

      Many thanks for sharing this wonderful tradition and I would like to take this opportunity as a newcomer to wish everyone a Happy New year filled with wonderful moments.

      Namaste

      jayjay

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      • Yugen

        #4
        Happy New Year to all - thank you all for practicing together in 2012 and looking forward to the coming year!

        Deep bows
        Yugen

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        • Jinyo
          Member
          • Jan 2012
          • 1957

          #5
          Thank you Jundo - and a Happy New Year to all.

          Gassho

          Willow

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          • KellyRok
            Member
            • Jul 2008
            • 1374

            #6
            Thank you for this Jundo! Beautiful!! Many bows to all in celebrating the new year!

            Gassho,
            Kelly/Jinmei

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            • Jakudo
              Member
              • May 2009
              • 251

              #7
              Happy New Year fellow Treeleafers!
              Gassho, Shawn Jakudo Hinton
              It all begins when we say, “I”. Everything that follows is illusion.
              "Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarrassment."
              寂道

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              • Koshin
                Member
                • Feb 2012
                • 938

                #8
                Thank you again Jundo. Wishing a great year for all Treeleafers and Mankind.

                Deep Gassho
                Thank you for your practice

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                • Yutai
                  Member
                  • Aug 2012
                  • 48

                  #9
                  Thank you Jundo and happy new year everyone!
                  -Lindsay

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                  • Mp

                    #10
                    Thank you Jundo and a warm Happy New Year Everyone!

                    Gassho
                    Michael

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                    • Risho
                      Member
                      • May 2010
                      • 3179

                      #11
                      Happy New Year!
                      Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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                      • Daijo
                        Member
                        • Feb 2012
                        • 530

                        #12
                        Happy continuation to all sentient beings.

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                        • Oaken
                          Member
                          • Nov 2012
                          • 12

                          #13
                          Happy New Year!
                          Trying to go straight ahead on a narrow mountain path which has ninety-three curves

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                          • BrianW
                            Member
                            • Oct 2008
                            • 511

                            #14
                            Happy New Year to all!

                            Gassho,
                            Jisen/BrianW

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                            • Taigu
                              Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                              • Aug 2008
                              • 2710

                              #15
                              happy new year

                              gassho to all

                              Taigu

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