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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:50 am 
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Happy Buddha's Birthday.

April 8th in the Mahayana tradition.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:07 am 
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Found this info by Rev Dodatsu from E-Sangha on the Japanese Mahayana Buddhist celebration on April 8th 2009
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http://www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index. ... ventid=377
HANA-MATSURI
Its origin and significance
By Zuio H. Inagaki

Hana-matsuri means "Flower Festival". It is the popular name for the Buddha's birthday celebration, which falls on 8th April and is traditionally called bussho-e, tanjo-e, kanbutsu-e and Shakuson gotan-e.

The first hana-matsuri celebration was held in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, in 1917 by a joint group of Buddhists, headed by Ando Ryogan and Watanabe Kaikyoku. This, however, was proceded by a birthday celebration for the Buddha held in Berlin in 1901 by a group of 18 Japanese scholars who were studying there at the time, such as Sonoda Shue, Haga Yaichi, Anezaki Masaharu, Minobe Tatsukichi, Matasumoto Bunzaburo, Ikeyama Eikichi and Chikazumi Jokan. They called this celebration "Blumfest," "Flower Festival", which is the origin of Hana-matsuri.

The Term is also used for the Shinto ceremonies held in December and January in parts of Aichi Prefecture.

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Happy Buddha's Birthday Day!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:17 pm 
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Happy Birthday!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:13 pm 
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Will there be cake? :applause:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:02 pm 
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I think only Japan celebrates Buddha's Birthday on April 8th.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_Birthday

But, hey, that's cool. I'm willing to celebrate Buddha's Birthday everyday! :woohoo:
Happy Birthday to you, Lord Buddha!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:27 am 
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Luke wrote:
I think only Japan celebrates Buddha's Birthday on April 8th
Now I look like a right plonker on facebook :) I wished everyone a happy vesakha and, well, it's not <laughs> whoops :)


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FWIW ... some thoughts on this birthday.

http://genkaku-again.blogspot.com/

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termite wrote:
Will there be cake? :applause:


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genkaku wrote:
FWIW ... some thoughts on this birthday.

http://genkaku-again.blogspot.com/


Nice post Adam.
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Happy Birthday too .

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