Although in one sense, the New Year is just a date on a calendar, the occasion also gives us the opportunity to consider new beginnings, to reconnect to our life’s inspiration and deep intention. At Buddha Eye, we follow the Japanese custom of conducting a special ceremony called go-kitto to usher in the New Year, gathering blessings for our whole community through vigorous chanting of the Sino-Japanese Heart Sutra. The taiko provides a thundering backbeat, while Ejo fans an accordion-style volume of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra and chants various dharanis. The ceremony is one of our most kinetic and energizing, appropriate for the colder months. Afterward, we enjoy a traditional feast of o-mochi (glutinous rice cakes, pounded fresh by hand the previous day), ozoni vegetable soup and sweet azuki bean soup, sure to be a hit with children.
The ceremony begins at 1 p.m., with no Sunday morning program beforehand. Please join us in this festive occasion, and bring the whole family!