How will you grow in your Buddhist practice in 2012?
Image: New Years Day 2007, Sensoji, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Many people come from near and far to make Sensoji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, their first temple visit of the New Year. This first temple visit is known as Hatsumōde and is an annual tradition for many Japanese of all ages. The smoke in the background is ceremonial incense. (From the Flickr photostream of Slap Ayoda)
The dharma often reminds us that each second is a fresh beginning. As a moment starts, ends, and gives way to another, each new beginning is a new opportunity to deepen our practice. Despite all the reminders, though, we know how difficult it is to notice this as it's happening, moment by moment. Most of us need something that operates more slowly and concretely to remind us that now is an opportunity to grow—like the start of a new year.
Now that it's 2012, how do you hope to grow with your Buddhist practice in the upcoming year? Perhaps you have made a resolution to meditate more, or to pause before speaking angrily, or to be more generous. Whatever your Buddhist New Year resolution may be, we would love to hear about it here. And if you haven't made one yet, now is a great time to do so!