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Meeting is the beginning of parting

The New Year is not actually something new since it occurs every year. However, we can still make each New Year special by committing ourselves to do something that is meaningful for the benefit of both ourselves and others. We should also remember that as we come together to celebrate the New Year we are actually a year closer to parting from our loved ones and friends. Such is the impermanent nature of things. As the Buddhist texts say, “Meeting is the beginning of parting.” The reason for contemplating on these things is to inspire us while we are still alive and together, to hold the preciousness of these moments close to our hearts, and to understand that these moments, which are so hard to come by, are precious opportunities to share love, care, and support with each other. If we can add this attitude to our New Years celebration, then I think there is the possibility for transforming this into one of the most meaningful and precious celebrations of our lives. Let me take this special occasion to share my love and respect with all of you. May you all be happy, healthy, and prosperous throughout your lives.

With love,

Zurmang Gharwang