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Ring in the new year with a cultural service at Spokane Buddhist Temple

Ring in the new year with a cultural service at Spokane Buddhist Temple

The Spokane Buddhist Temple invites the community to its New Year’s Eve Joya-E Service, also known as “Bell of the Last night.”
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This cultural service is a way to “ring out 2017 and ring in 2018” with the “bell of the last night.” According to a press release, everyone who attends the service can participate in ringing the Joya-E bell, or calling bell, which is rung 108 times.,

According to a press release, the tradition “symbolically “rings out” the 108 delusions of woman and man and “rings in” our aspiration to overcome ignorance, greed and anger in the coming year.”
The service is expected to last about 30 or 40 minutes. It begins at 7 p.m. at the church on 9th and Perry in the Perry District on Dec. 31.
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