I wonder how members are celebrating New Years' Eve while keeping Sila?
Bhante suggested to the laypeople supporting Dhammagiri Hermitage that they may like to consider celebrating New Year's Eve in a wholesome manner. So this is the programme of activities at Dhammagiri on New Years' Eve (Thursday 31st December). Which is tonight in Eastern Australia.
There is no requirement to take Eight Precepts. People may do so privately if they wish.
People may come earlier in the evening to meditate, or meet Dhamma friends if they wish - arrive from 7.30 p.m. onwards.
Group Meditation begins from 9.00 p.m. 'All Night' Meditation is available for those wishing to do so.
There will be a special Walking Procession from the Dhamma Hall through the forest to the High Point, where there will be Chanting at midnight.
Plenty of time will be allowed for the Walk - it is not a fitness test. The Walking Procession will commence at 11.00 p.m.
We will eat our main meal before we arrive at the Hermitage ~ dark chocolate, jubes, marshmallows etc. and special fruit juices will be available at Dhammagiri.
Ordinary candles will not be used in the procession up the hill, because of the fire danger level.
It should be a fine evening, and I'm looking forward to the experience.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---