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.
I hope that every time I post it will be accompanied by a wish for the wellbeing of everyone in this sangha and all beings.
(so I don't have to write "metta" every time!)
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)