It is already the end of one year, and the beginning of another. How quickly time passes. Usually, we do a Fire Puja on New Year’s Eve. However, we’ve been informed by the Santa Clara Fire Chief that we cannot have any outdoor flame for burning up anything.
And so, in place of this, I’m asking all members of the robed sangha (those who have taken refuge) to take time, reflect on how you’re living your life, and whether you’re as involved in your own spiritual evolution as you want to be. Then, please offer the Vajrasattva Sadhana Practice at home to purify body, speech and mind, and to renew your vows. Use the pecha that we follow for Sojong. (We have not yet received the Vajrakilaya Practice – a wrathful deity practice that is usually done at this time. When Rinpoche decides that our sangha is ready, he’ll transmit it to us).
Below is a gatha that is chanted in the Zen Buddhist tradition, and that I’ve always found to be a powerful reminder that we should always be aware that this precious human life is as fragile as a candle’s flame in a strong wind.
Let me respectfully remind you, life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by, and opportunity is lost. Let us awaken, awaken, take heed … Do not squander your life!
I wish all of you many blessings in the coming year. Thank you for your practice!