Happy New Now!

1928881_1691765337724999_5593192998327392478_nThere are no auspicious or inauspicious days. It is only our thoughts, words, and deeds that make them so. Each moment is a perfect opportunity; each day is entirely new. Whatever date the calendar may say it is, it is always simply now.  

We observe holidays (holy days) to unite and reinforce our intentions in the company of like-minded individuals. On New Year’s Eve, for example, our Sangha gathers to perform a Karma Purification ritual, and to set intentions, or Vows, for the coming year. 

All rituals are vehicles for intention. They mean only what we intend them to mean. They are not independent entities, and they have no potency, other than whatever power we give them. There is no magic. The ritual transforms the mind —our mind— and not external reality. 

If our intentions are loving and kind, whatever ritual we perform and whatever vows me make will have positive results. If we perform a ritual ‘perfectly’, but our mind is distracted, the ritual has no effect. If we perform it mindfully, even if we commit mistakes in the performance, the ritual is effective. 

And so it is with vows. A vow is a vehicle for intention, and its power is derived from constant mindfulness of that intention. All else is superstition. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the over 200,000 friends from 147 countries who have accompanied me on these pages, and to wish you peace and clarity in the never-ending now.

 

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Happy New Now!

  1. MindMindful says:

    Reblogged this on MindMindful and commented:
    Let us live so that EACH day rings in a new year …………………

  2. tsering ngodup says:

    Dear Tashi Nyima la, I have always enjoyed your posts and thank you very much for bringing out these great wisdom messages. They are truly valued and beneficial. May you have good health and may your activity spread far and wide. With prayers, I rejoice in your work. Tsering

    Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:12:27 +0000 To: tsering_ngodup@hotmail.com

  3. talesfromthelou says:

    Reblogged this on Zen Flash and commented:
    Thank you Tashi

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