Mahayana New Year: An Invitation to Compassionate Awakening
A Time to Reflect
By Arnie Kozak
The occasion of the Mahayana Buddhist New Year is a good time to reflect on what Buddhism and the Buddha’s teachings have contributed to the world over the past 25 centuries. Buddhism is one of the world’s great contemplative traditions. Mahayana traditions such as Zen can be found all around the world and its practitioners are instruments of peace, compassion, and wisdom (or are aspiring to be, at least!).
Some Mahayana Buddhists also observe the traditional New Year, as I have written about previously. At the Shao Shan Soto Zen Center in East Calais, Vermont, participants use the occasion of the New Year to reflect on the previous year and to set intentions for the year to come. Of course, reflecting and intentioning are surrounded by meditation sessions. What better way to start the New Year than by meditating?
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