New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will gain virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from west to east, and the sun shines more brightly traveling from east to west.
written by Nichiren Daishonin in 13th century Japan
New Year’s Day has been celebrated in various ways since ancient times and marks the renewal of a person’s determination to open the way to happiness. For Buddhists, making determinations to improve one’s life and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo indicates the significance of New Year’s Day.
If you live in the Washington, DC region (DC-MD-VA), you are invited to join us on January 1st at 2:00 pm for our Introduction to Buddhism lecture on Karma by our Chief Priest.
Call or email the Temple if you have questions or need directions.