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A New Year’s ritual at a Buddhist retreat

We started at 8pm with a procession to the shrine room, chanting a mantra to the sound of a drum, rhythmical but not loud, as if we wanted to keep the sound for ourselves and give it a mythical air. Incense welcomed us at the door of the shrine room. Once sat down, we performed a ceremony to honour the Buddha, with poems, meditation and offerings. During the offerings, each of us put a piece...
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