On behalf of myself, Jiho and our families ,
We all have our reasons to celebrate the passing year and we all have our challenges as we move into the New Year. The Buddha-dharma offers us an unparalleled resource to accompany us into the coming year,and may we wish you and your families all the very best .
The great Japanese teacher, Nichiren, writes:
making offerings at the beginning of the New Year is like cherry blossoms blooming from the trees, a lotus unfolding in a pond, sandalwood leaves in the Snow Mountains or the new moon beginning to rise.
We wish you all the best as this new year, like a new moon, rises over your lives, and blossoms like the cherry trees.
May you find joy and wisdom in this coming year,
Innen and Jiho
Red Maple Tendai Sangha
January 1, 2018