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Hopes and prayers for the coming New Year

January 01, 2005

He was saying, look at all the members of the sangha (spiritual

community.) All things are with us in spiritual community. It's a

shame that most of the time we don't realize it.

For the regular practitioners at the Zen Center of Orange County

-- including myself -- I hope that more and more we continue to

depend on zazen (seated meditation) as a reliable path to liberation

and healing.

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This, of course, will deepen our wisdom and affect our compassion

in the workplace, in our families, in our nation, and world.

For the city of Costa Mesa, my hope is that it stays small. I love

the entrepreneurial spirit and the amazing production that comes out

of the small enterprises on the Westside, and have enjoyed walking in

that area, just appreciating what so many people are up to during the

work days.

I also hope that the "Old Costa Mesa" residential areas are kept

for a while longer.

For humanity as a whole, I hope that this year we realize more

deeply that we truly are a global family and that we find more

skillful ways to care for one another.

For my part, I intend to stay quiet and be hopeful. This year may

be a very good year.

THE REV. CAROL AGUILAR

Zen Center of Orange County

Costa Mesa

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