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Buddhist monk rings out the old year
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Everything that went wrong over the year has been rung out in an ancient tradition, completed in San Francisco on New Year's Eve.
A Buddhist monk who is head of Soto Zen Buddhism in North America conducted the ceremony.
Bishop Gengo Akiba rang the 500-year-old, one-ton bell 108 times at the Asian Art Museum. The bronze bell was from a temple in Japan.
Tradition says that the bell ringing leaves the ills of old behind, allowing a fresh start in the New Year.
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