Thank You Sensei, for your New Year’s wishes….And So Be It.
The Passage to New Year 2015 began with Sangha members in Shobo-Ji, zendo in New York, doing Zazen, chanting EMMEI JUKKU KANNON GYO ( Ten Phrase Life-Prolonging Kannon Sutra) 108 times and sharing potluck meal. Realization come this year that Present moment is all we have in this life to live fully and consciously. Train the mind, life with no drama, no worry, is the way to go.
May You all be in Peace & Harmony
Year of the Sheep 2015 dates starts from February 19 2015 up to February 7 2016. The 2015 Year of the Sheep falls under the element of Wood. The Sheep (Goat) is a Yin energy, a symbol of Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility. That is the primary and fundamental mood for this year. The Year of the Sheep is traditionally associated with a feeling of peace and contentment. World conflicts and political upheavals are predicted as less likely.
Generally, the pace of life becomes slowed, and people become more caring and emotional. The Sheep’s influence throughout the year also means that artistic endeavors are much favored along with volunteer work to help those less fortunate. New inventions or innovative ways to enhance existing products or services can also be expected. Special interest in education as a way toward future peace and prosperity will also be in sharp focus.