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Bringing in the New Years With Compassion
From Monday, December 31, 2012 -  07:30pm
To Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:00am
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Join us for a fun filled New Years gathering - Buddhist Style. JUST ADDED - 5:30-6:30pm - Drop in Meditation 7:30-9:00- New Years Eve Dharma talk with Ven Steve Carlier 9:00-9:30-Light offerings to the Buddhas to increase our good fortune for 2013 and deepen our spiritual connections 9:30-10:00 - Tea and snack break (feel free to bring food to share) 10:00-Midnight- Chenrezig Compassion Meditation - Venerable Drimay will lead meditations on: * The Four Immeasurable Thoughts; equanimity, love, compassion and joy * Tong-Len; a breathing technique to strengthen our compassion for the new year * Mantra Recitation -; Reciting the mantra of Chenrezig (The Buddha of Compassion) Om Mani Padme Hum, to bring peace to ourselves and the world (NOTE: Check with the website as times and program subject to change) And join us for New Years Vegetarian Gourmet Brunch - to register, go to

Location : Land of Medicine Buddha - 5800 Prescott Road - Soquel
Contact : office@landofmedicnebuddha - 462-8383 -
No charge for New Years Even events but donations gratefully accepted


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