The following is an invitation from Reverend Daito Thompson, for all who would like to participate next Sunday at Hanamatsuri celebration.
“Hanamatsuri Service celebrates the birth of Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Every year members of our sangha gather for a special celebration of the Buddha’s birth, which includes pouring sweet tea over the statue of the baby Buddha and the eating of sweet Japanese rice cakes called mochi. The Hondo (main hall) is filled with many beautiful flower offerings as if we were in Lumbini Garden where Shakyamuni Buddha was born. It always brings a feeling of warmth, peace and happiness to all in attendance.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Reverend Daito Thompson, Oshō
P.S.— Please everyone bring flowers and your favorite sweet cakes (mochi cakes) to share.”
Buddha birth celebration
Sunday April 9th
10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sarasota Zen Center
For details please visit, sarasotazen.org.