Wed, 31 December 2008
Sensei Siebuhr conducts our yearly New Year's Eve service. We introduce the service with the ringing of the Temple's bell. This is followed by chanting the San Butsuge (http://www.shindharmanet.com/writings/sanbutsuge.htm). This is followed by a short dharma talk where Sensei reflects upon the impermanance of life and how we should not take our existence for granted. Sensei then explains why it is a Japanese Buddhist tradition to ring in the New Year by ringing the bell 108 times. The number 108 is the 108 blind passions (http://www.michineko.de/culture/silvesteregl.htm) humans are subject to.