Chinese New Year Celebration
My first visit to my neighborhood Ch'an temple was on 01/24/01 for their Chinese New Year Thousand Buddha Chanting Service. It was ninety minutes of chanting and praising the Three Jewels in Chinese, including the Heart Sutra, chanting the many names of [what seemed like a thousand] buddhas and bodhisattvas, coupled with prostrations and a walking meditation. This was all led by two Abbesses. It was an extremely physical-spiritual experience, which I would not hesitate to repeat.