December 31, 2012 · 9:00 PM
Join us as we send out the old year and welcome in the new year with a powerful reflection ceremony--the Hokke Senbo.
The Hokke Senbo service is a Buddhist reflection service, also known as Buddhist repentence. This practice is discussed in the Threefold Lotus Sutra. The Dharma Practice of Universal Sage Bodhisattva is the third sutra in the threefold and in this Sutra, the Buddha talks about the practices of Universal Sage (Fugen Bodhisattva) which include the practice of Sange [repentence or reflection]. During the service we reflect on our past actions and deeds and think about the suffering we have created. Through this action we grow as Bodhisattvas and learn from our past deeds.
While this may sound 'heavy,' most participants report feeling energized and invigorated--much lighter in spirit because they have encountered themselves in a unique and powerful way. As a result of the service, the path is opened to releasing those attachments which hinder us along our journey of awakening.
Following this service, we will ring in the new year, 2013, with the traditional 108 bell strikes.