Happy New Year 2013

The shrine in the Sala of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage on 31st December 2012.

by Bhikkhuni Seri

Happy New Year to all  our friends and supporters of Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage.

At Patacara Bhikkhuni Hermitage, we welcomed the Year 2013 in  perfect hermit style! We toasted the sunset on New Year’s Eve with red apple and rasberry juice. After that we moved into the shrine to start our puja and meditation. We started the puja with ‘Homage to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha’ followed by asking for forgiveness from the Triple Gem. We then chanted the’Metta Sutta’ while each one of us took turn to light and to offer a floating candle to the Buddha and to make our New Year’s aspiration. We then meditated together. We finally finished the celebration  at 9.00pm with the sharing of merits and sending good wishes of happiness and peace to all beings in the New Year.

‘Better than ruling the whole world,
better than going to heaven,
better than lordship over the universe,
is an irreversible commitment to the Path.’
-Dhammapada 178-

Happy New Year to all of you!
May you have Happiness, Peace and Ease in 2013!

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