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New Years Eve at Jikoji


When: Dec 31st 6pm-
Where: Jikoji Zen Center
Cost: Donation
Why: To burn our regrets and begin anew

…and a Mindful New Year.

Come burn your regrets and ring in the New Year at Jikoji with 108 bows and a peaceful party in the canyon.  Spend the night in one of the cozy dorm rooms and join the Jikoji Residentss for a day of body-centered practice, hiking, rejuvenation, and 2017 visioning. You are welcome to come for all or any part of our celebration. 

It all begins with a social dinner, followed by a Dharma Talk and then meditation and personal reflection on the year past.  As the Zen year comes to an end, we perform a simple ceremony of repentance and renewal, writing down our regrets and the things we will work to transcend and burning the paper in a bonfire.  108 Bells are rung and bows are offered to begin our efforts toward renewal.  Following such an event, a party is order and we will gather in the dining room for just the sort of party you would expect from a Zen Center.  (Actually it is a little more fun you you might guess.)

Overnight accommodations can be reserved here.

Schedule of Events

New Year's Eve  
6:00 pm - potluck dinner
7:00 - 7:55 - clean-up and social time
7:55 - han
8:10 - dharma talk by Michael Newhall
8:50 - kinhin
9:00 - zazen
9:40 - kinhin
9:50 - zazen
10:30 - service
10:45 - Break
11:15 - Confession Chants, burning of regrets, incense stubs, names in zendo stove.
11:30 - Reciting, receiving, of Three Refuges and the Precepts.
11:45  - 108 Bells with option of 108 bows.
2014 after midnight - Celebration, toasts, hugs, dessert in the zendo and community building.

Earlier Event: November 17
Refining Strong Emotions