Celebrate the New Year with meditation and tea. Sitting will begin at 9:00 p.m. and continue until just after midnight. We will begin with a 30-minute period of meditation, followed by walking meditation for 10 minutes. This will be followed by another 30-minute period of Zazen/sitting meditation
|10:15pm||Tea and refreshments|
|The ringing of the zendo bell begins|
Coming and going: You are welcome to come and go throughout the evening - you may stay for the entire evening, or just join one period of meditation to include in your end-of-year activities.
The altar: You may want to bring something to place on the altar during the gathering - something you will take home at the end of the evening to keep with you during the coming year.
Farewell to the Old Year: As we bid farewell to the old year and all its karma, we ceremonially burn things that are no longer needed. We have a very small and safe fire to burn old incense pieces and small pieces of paper with new intentions. You may wish to write down a list of hindrances that you would like to add to the fire, things that you are ready to leave behind.
New Year's Toast: Our final activity is a celebratory toast to the New Year and to all the possibilities it offers.
May everyone enjoy a peaceful New Year.