Enjoy End-of-2009 Festivities
One associate of mine (cannot honestly call him a “friend”) thought our dojo holiday classes were “unnecessarily frivolous”. The ninja martial art is a serious thing, he scolded. I chided back that we were indeed so very serious and our techniques so scaldingly deadly that we did not have to go around acting serious and deadly; only those who doubted their authenticity needed to maintain a grim and righteous look.
A friend once asked me in light of all my work with Tibetan Buddhist monks and Japanese yamabushi priests if I was offended by receiving Christmas cards.
Astonished, I replied, “No! Not at all!”
My family loves the Christmas celebration. We have two Christmas trees in two different living rooms in our house, both with haloed angles at the top. Rumiko loves to have pine boughs and red satin ribbons everywhere. When the girls were tiny, we used to go to a living Bethlehem manger display, complete with live donkeys, wisepersons, and baby Jesus. We get into the season.
In elementary school, my daughters brought home year-end dreidels that their Jewish friends had given them.
And early December is a Japanese celebration of Buddha enlightenment day. We’ve got that in there too.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa Joy, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu, Tashi Delek, Solstice Brightness.
I never turn down an opportunity to join a celebration of anyone’s approach to brightness, warmth, family, and spiritual advancement.
Greetings of the appropriate season to you!