A NEW YEAR AGAIN
Vol. XLVIII, No. 1


May all beings in the paths of existence, suffering from disasters, be
released from their afflictions. May all beings in the world who receive
benefits share in the merit. May the state continue in peaceful prosperity
with all its warlike activities stopped. May the wind blow in time, the
rain fall seasonably, and the people live happily. May the entire Sangha
sharing in this gathering cherish the highest aspiration to attain Awakening,
and this without too much difficulty. May this temple keep on its peaceful
life free from disturbances and the Sangha grow not only in faith but in Wisdom
and Bliss.


And may we not give up our civil liberties in the name of security.

May we be mindful of the difference between justice and vengeance.
May those of us who were denied our freedoms and rights by reason of race
not forget our obligation to come to the aid of those who are being denied them now.
May the long lost high standard of unbiased American journalism be revived.
May our disinterest and ignorance of other world societies be eliminated.
May we cease from the childish rhetoric of “You are either for us or against us”.


I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all who are
Weaker than myself.


And, at the same time, I will try to be sterner and stricter with myself in my
thoughts and actions. I will try to see the rationale of a point I do not agree with,
keeping an open mind about it, and always seek a peaceful resolution.
Not to kill, not to lie, not to steal, not to cheat –
the only universal religious values – may I be mindful of this.

Namoamidabutsu,
Rev. Mas



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