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How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:05 am

Hello all,

I wonder how members are celebrating New Years' Eve while keeping Sila?

Bhante suggested to the laypeople supporting Dhammagiri Hermitage that they may like to consider celebrating New Year's Eve in a wholesome manner. So this is the programme of activities at Dhammagiri on New Years' Eve (Thursday 31st December). Which is tonight in Eastern Australia.

There is no requirement to take Eight Precepts. People may do so privately if they wish.

People may come earlier in the evening to meditate, or meet Dhamma friends if they wish - arrive from 7.30 p.m. onwards.

Group Meditation begins from 9.00 p.m. 'All Night' Meditation is available for those wishing to do so.

There will be a special Walking Procession from the Dhamma Hall through the forest to the High Point, where there will be Chanting at midnight.

Plenty of time will be allowed for the Walk - it is not a fitness test. The Walking Procession will commence at 11.00 p.m.

We will eat our main meal before we arrive at the Hermitage ~ dark chocolate, jubes, marshmallows etc. and special fruit juices will be available at Dhammagiri.

Ordinary candles will not be used in the procession up the hill, because of the fire danger level.

It should be a fine evening, and I'm looking forward to the experience.

with metta
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby BlackBird » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:28 am

Awesome Chris, sounds great!

Hope you have a peaceful evening

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:54 am

Sounds great Chris
We're about to head off to City Park where there will be the usual entertainments - music, fire-breathing performers and then the 'kids' fireworks at 9.30PM, and then back home, meditation and perhaps some time for DW. I am hoping that there will be a lack of drunken foolishness but afterall, this is Tasmania, and drinking is a religion down here.
Hope you all have a 'good' one, whatever you do.
metta

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby phil » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:12 am

I love New Year's Eve in Japan. It's not a boozy thing, families get together to watch dumb TV shows and eat specified foods.

Starting at around 11.45 the temple bells start ringing, and continue into the New Year, 108 to represent unwholesome volitions being purified. It's always a holy eve for me, I sit and rewrite my Dhamma notebooks for the year into a general ledger of sorts, reflect on what the defilements were up to in the year ending and work out my aspirations for the year ahead.

Wishing you all peace and happiness in 2010.

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby zavk » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:33 am

What a lovely way to mark the passing of the year, Chris.

Unfortunately for me, I'm going to a party that won't be very 'Buddhist' at all, considering the amount of intoxicants that will be consumed there. However, this will be a chance for my partner and I (and our good friends) to celebrate New Year's Eve with my partner's brothers who are visiting us for the first time. So it will be a night of much metta, I hope.

Have a good one, everyone!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:13 am

I am bypassing the drinking and just going to lye in a gutter first, then go home.
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:19 am

Greetings,

It's going to be a quiet one here I think... there's a storm just about to hit, which we're looking forward to. Hopefully it will bring rain and deter people from setting off their illegal fireworks and freaking out one of our dogs who is susceptible to bouts of madness when confronted by the sound of incessant fireworks. We'll be keeping our dogs inside tonight!

We've been down at the beach today, so that's more than enough action and entertainment for one day.

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Guy » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:57 am

Tonight I am going to group meditation and then listening to a Dhamma talk. :geek:
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1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:00 am

I shall be starting work at 10pm serving drunken customers through a small plastic window (for my protection, it's a rough city). I'll finish work, hopefully not stabbed or shot, at 7am on new years day, when I shall briefly sleep and then begin the next shift at 6pm.

Drunk drivers upset me, as do stoned drivers, especially when they have children in the car. Plenty of opportunity to practice karuna tonight then, and no chance of me being tempted to drink alcohol.

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Postby Annapurna » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:07 pm

I'm also "on duty", hosting 7 young people in my holiday apartments above me, and hope they remain decent and quiet.

I may have friends coming over or not, I may stay at home or go out a bit, but don't feel like it yet, because like Mawkish I wish as little contact with drunks as possible.

I plan on cooking a nice meal, and I hope I get a chance to enjoy some peace of mind and quiet. If there is a good movie on, I will watch it, and prolly fall asleep, I am worn out from work.

Usually, when I am alone in the house, I contemplate the last year....and think of the New one...

I'm never in a party mood or jubilate.
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Postby Annapurna » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:14 pm

The fireworks are the epitomy of silliness to me, think of the masses of charity you could do with that money...
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:43 pm

I will have an early night...bliss. Its only a date on the calender as far as I am concerned. But good wishes and a Happy New Year to all.
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:38 pm

New Year's festivities are a daily thing here in Las Vegas; maybe all the more reason I don't feel any need or desire to participate in it. Just another day for me. I think the last time I stayed up until midnight (on New Year's) was on Y2K to see the fireworks outside and on TV. :tongue:

Several years ago, I did attend a function similar to what is mentioned in the OP. There was a potluck, all-evening meditation (from about 7 pm to midnight) and it was very wholesome, no alcohol. That's about all the excitement I can handle for New Year's eve.

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Laurens » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:47 pm

I am going to my friends house, and I will probably spend the whole evening explaining that I don't drink / being amused at the drunken antics of my friends :rofl:

Should be fun!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:53 pm

The local Soto Zen group is throwing a big, family friendly party. Games and such. There's a funny tradition of white elephant regifting of any booze anyone might have received for Christmas that they are not able to drink because of precepts. No one drinks the booze, the game is to end up with the most exotic regifted bottle. The center also runs non-sectarian groups, so many of the participants hail from other traditions.

As fun as that sounds, I am going out with friends instead. Nice conversation for tonight. New Year's day has always held spiritual significance for me. I do a deep cleaning of house and office. Here's to a brave New Year, may all find lasting happiness and peace.
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:19 pm

I have lay in the gutter for a minuet or two now I am going to sit for a while!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:46 pm

Manapa wrote:I have lay in the gutter for a minuet or two now I am going to sit for a while!

I am glad you changed clothes first. The real reason for eating only once a day on Uposatha: it is impossible to eat when wearing a white shirt without getting food stains on it!
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
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Postby Cittasanto » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:52 pm

Monkey Mind wrote:
Manapa wrote:I have lay in the gutter for a minuet or two now I am going to sit for a while!

I am glad you changed clothes first. The real reason for eating only once a day on Uposatha: it is impossible to eat when wearing a white shirt without getting food stains on it!


no, its to increase your awareness of the food as it splashes on your clothes :tongue:
PS I asked a question to you on the forgiveness thread don't think you saw it?
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Monkey Mind » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:04 pm

Sorry, Manapa. Maybe I thought the question was rhetorical? I'll buzz over there and give a response....
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
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