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

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

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:07 pm

Hello all,

I had a wonderful night at Dhammagiri. We had as many people turn up as on a Sil day - and considering it's an hours' drive from the edge of the city, that was a pleasant surprise.

A visiting monk, Ajahn Khemasiri, who is Abbot of the Dhammapala Kloster – Switzerland located in Kandersteg in Switzerland, gave a 50 minute talk and guided meditation on "Forgiveness" of each other and ourselves.

We had a short break for sparkling soft drinks, tea/coffee, marshmallows, jubes and dark chocolate - the Ajahn Dhammasiha gave an hours' talk and guided meditation on adhitthana [adhi.t.thaana]: Determination; resolution. One of the ten perfections (paramis) ... of which our New Years Eve Resolutions are a very weak copy. We all had food for thought about our own Determinations for 2010. There was a further break for refreshments and talk.

Then Glow Sticks were handed out and we began a half hour walk up the very very steep hill in single file and noble silence (apart from panting for breath). We circumnambulated our new little Bodhi tree which is not doing so well in the heat and drought, and then also did the same for our other Bodhi tree at the top of the hill which is doing splendidly.

Then at the high point where there is a Dhamma Wheel (Dhammacakka) on a pole, we circumnambulated the Wheel and had auspicious Chanting in Pali by the monks and lay people. Then we chanted the Karaniya Metta Sutta in english and radiated lovingkindness in all directions. We could see the lights of Ipswich and of Brisbane in the far distance.

A very inquisitive possum was jumping from branch to branch high up in the eucalypt trees and wallabies could be heard pounding through the bush. The full moon was high in a cloudless sky - absolutely beautiful. The only small problem was that the temperature at midnight was 23 ºC = 73.4 ºF with between 70 and 80 percent humidity. Everyone was soaked in perspiration - which does nothing for ladies hairstyles and make-up - but who was noticing. :-)

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

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:15 pm

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How ingenious Manapa!!
and the same to you dear Dhamma friend!!

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

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:40 pm

Oops! :embarassed:
sorry if I revealed the result in my last post ~ but I suppose not everyone has Wordpad?

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

Postby Quinn » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:16 pm

Hi :hello:

I had a realy good night on new years Eve (wich was last night)
We went to this festifal at Royal park in launceston.
I met one of my friends there and we drank some fanta.
there was a fake Michale Jackson there wich was NOT good at all :spy:
At 9.30PM there was fireworks and it was realy good.
Then when I got home I tried to look at the full moon through my telescope but the moon was covered by clouds!


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

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:35 pm

Happy new decade Quinn!

Quinn wrote:there was a fake Michale Jackson there wich was NOT good at all :spy:


Sounds a bit scary. :rolleye:

We had someone setting off fireworks at the end of the court at midnight and that was good, especially because we live on the corner of the court. 8-)

What wasn't good was the some people kept randomly letting fireworks go until just past 1am and kept freaking out our dog Penny... and her freaking out kept me awake!

Earlier in the evening a storm came through and we sat out on the deck with the dogs eating corn chips and salsa. Bennett made himself a "lightning hat" to protect him from lightning. He looked funny in the hat. :jumping:

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

Postby Guy » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:52 am

Ajahn Brahm gave a talk at Dhammaloka and then several hundred of us did some Metta meditation from 2009 through to 2010. A nice way to bring in the new year.
Four types of letting go:

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 Cittasanto » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:00 am

stoicly!

but retro change his profile pic! your his father it is your duty to embarrass him!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:07 am

Happy New Year ALL...!



Hope that Happiness, Friendship, Peace & Insight is abundant in your lives during the coming decade...

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

Postby catmoon » Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:36 am

Manapa wrote:Copy this onto Notepad, press Control+H, type 6 in find box & underscore (_) in replace box & click replace all button. U will get thrilled.




Hee hee. It worked and thanks!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:42 am

I spent 5 nights at my local Wat, and left today (New Year's Day). Last night we chanted in Pali SN 56.11: Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta — Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion.
It looks kind of short in the normal English rendering, e.g. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.011.piya.html, but when expanded it takes over half an hour to recite. This bit about the Devas goes on and on when done in full:
Hearing these words of the earth deities, all the Catummaharajika devas proclaimed: "The Matchless Wheel of Truth that cannot be set in motion by recluse, brahmana, deva, Mara, Brahma, or any one in the world, is set in motion by the Blessed One in the Deer Park at Isipatana near Varanasi." These words were heard in the upper deva realms, and from Catummaharajika it was proclaimed in Tavatimsa... Yama... Tusita... Nimmanarati... Paranimmita-vasavatti... and the Brahmas of Brahma Parisajja... Brahma Purohita... Maha Brahma... Parittabha... Appamanabha... Abhassara... Parittasubha... Appamana subha... Subhakinna... Vehapphala... Aviha... Atappa... Sudassa... Sudassi... and in Akanittha: "The Matchless Wheel of Truth that cannot be set in motion by recluse, brahmana, deva, Mara, Brahma, or any one in the world, is set in motion by the Blessed One in the Deer Park at Isipatana near Varanasi."


Unfortunately, our teacher has been very sick (actually he was in hospital) so the two of us on retreat were left to our own devices, which was interesting. I recalled Ajahn Tiradhammo quoting Ajahn Chah to the effect that it can be "good to deal with your doubts yourself..."

I did have the regular morning http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/dhammayut/chanting.html#morning chanting, which has the basic stuff about anicca, dhukka, and anatta to remind us what we are looking at...
Rūpaṃ anattā,
Form is not-self,
Vedanā anattā,
Feeling is not-self,
Saññā anattā,
Perception is not-self,
Saṅkhārā anattā,
Mental processes are not-self,
Viññāṇaṃ anattā,
Consciousness is not-self,
Sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā,
All processes are inconstant,
Sabbe dhammā anattāti."
All phenomena are not-self."

and the Evening Chant http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/dhammayut/chanting.html#evening, which, as Manapa pointed out on another thread, has the asking for forgiveness...

One of the things I really appreciate about such retreats is the joy and compassion one feels from, and the appreciation one feel towards, the lay people who come in to feed the monks (and retreatants).

Metta and Happy New Year...

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

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:45 am

Hi Mike


What a wonderfully beneficial end to 2009, Mike! Everytime I go on retreat, I consider myself so fortunate to be able to go, to still be able to practice.

mikenz66 wrote: I recalled Ajahn Tiradhammo quoting Ajahn Chah to the effect that it can be "good to deal with your doubts yourself..."


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

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:00 am

Manapa wrote:but retro change his profile pic! your his father it is your duty to embarrass him!
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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:34 am

Beautiful!!
A true retrofuturist in the making!!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:57 am

Ben wrote:Beautiful!!
A true retrofuturist in the making!!


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

Postby Kare » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:25 pm

Cool, Manapa! :thumbsup:
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