On Sunday, April 5, 2009, our congregation
celebrated Hana-matsuri, also known as Flower Festival. This Buddhist holiday commemorates the birth of the historical Buddha
2,600 years ago.
Prince Siddhartha who was then known as
Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhist religion, was born in Lumbini Park, Kapilavatsu in what is now
Nepal on the 8th day of the fourth lunar
month calendar according the Chinese calendar.
According to legend, at his birth nine
dragons sprayed water to bathe the baby Buddha and seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked - pointing
one hand to the sky and ground, he said “in the heaven above and earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these
Participants offer flowers and then bathe
the Baby Buddha with sweet tea in order to reenact the legendary story.
On this date, our congregation also celebrates
the founding of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship in the year 2001.