New Year's Eve Resolution Bowl

New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 31, 2021   |   10:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. via Zoom

Friday evening, December 31, the Center will celebrate the beginning of the New Year with zazen, resolutions, repentance, chanting, the Precepts, and a prayer for peace. Chanting and silence—with a bit of Buddhist bedlam at midnight—is a truly wonderful way to welcome the New Year.

Registration: Friends and family are cordially invited to come to this ceremony which will take place via Zoom. You must register to receive the ceremony link.

Noisemaker: Part of the ceremony is a noise-making kinhin to “drive out the demons,” so have some type of noisemaker, such as a kazoo, harmonica, recorder, or bell near you if you want to join in this part of the ceremony in your house.

Resolution: We will also read as many of the (unsigned) resolutions of ceremony participants as possible. Please send in your anonymous resolution by entering it on this page by Thursday, December 30. Remember: DO NOT enter your name.

Schedule: The anticipated schedule for the New Year’s Eve is as follows (there may be slight changes necessitated by the Zoom format):

10:00 p.m.


Formal zazen.



Repentance ceremony followed by a break.



Formal zazen. Reading of resolutions.



Purification of altars.



Driving out of Demons Circumambulation: Chanting & Noise-making.



Cacophony, ending with “Happy New Year! May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

12:01 a.m.


Moment of silence. Chanting: Prajna Paramita. Abbreviated Jukai Ceremony.



New Year’s Prayer.

All are welcome. We hope you will join us! Please remember to register so that you receive the Zoom link to the ceremony.