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Old 01-11-2006, 04:21 PM   #14
James Kelly
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Re: new years day Practice

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Mark Uttech wrote:
The 108 is a Buddhist concept of the number of delusions we humans are saddled with. My own New Year's practice is to do 108 mae kaiten. In gassho.
Not only Buddhist -- reverence of 108 is much wider spread and goes back farther. Look here for some examples.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/108_%28number%29
http://www.salagram.net/108meaning.html

My favorites are:
- 108 suitors coveting Penelope in the Odyssey
- the sum of the numbers in LOST
- and the number of stitches on a baseball

We used to chant 108 mantra over the new year (this was Hindu influenced yoga).

ASU winter camp used to have a class from 11:30 to 12:30 and we'd stop to ring the bell over the actual event, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen anymore, at least not in DC.

Bond St. has a silent class on new years eve where everyone has to get up and demontsrate a technique... but it ends much earlier.
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