New Year's Eve Resolution Bowl

New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2020   |   10:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. via Zoom

Thursday evening, December 31, the Center will celebrate the beginning of the New Year with zazen, resolutions, repentance, chanting, the Precepts, and a prayer for peace. Chanting and silence—with a bit of Buddhist bedlam at midnight—is a truly wonderful way to welcome the New Year.

Registration: Friends and family are cordially invited to come to this ceremony which will take place via Zoom. You must register to receive the ceremony link.

Noisemaker: Part of the ceremony is a noise-making kinhin to “drive out the demons,” so have some type of noisemaker, such as a kazoo, harmonica, recorder, or bell near you if you want to join in this part of the ceremony in your house.

Resolution: We will also read as many of the (unsigned) resolutions of ceremony participants as possible. Please send in your anonymous resolution by entering it on this page. Remember: DO NOT enter your name.

Schedule: The anticipated schedule for the New Year’s Eve is as follows (there may be slight changes necessitated by the Zoom format):

10:00 p.m.

 

Formal zazen.

10:30

 

Repentance ceremony followed by a break.

11:15

 

Formal zazen. Reading of resolutions.

11:45

 

Purification of altars.

11:55

 

Driving out of Demons Circumambulation: Chanting & Noise-making.

Midnight

 

Cacophony, ending with “Happy New Year! May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

12:01 a.m.

 

Moment of silence. Chanting: Prajna Paramita. Abbreviated Jukai Ceremony.

12:20

 

New Year’s Prayer.


All are welcome. We hope you will join us! Please remember to register so that you receive the Zoom link to the ceremony.