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Eighty Notable Characteristics

Many different sutras contain descriptions of the thirty-two marks and eighty characteristics, each with slight variations.   The eighty notable characteristics are: Top of his head not visible to others. A prominent nose with well-concealed nostrils. Eyebrows shaped like a new moon. Large, round ears that are long and thick. A strong body. Closely-fit bones. When…

A Prayer for the New Year

Oh great compassionate Buddha!
A new year has finally arrived–bright, new, and hopeful.
Temple bells sound an auspicious beginning.
There is a freshness in the air,
And everything speaks of change
From old into new.