Hanamatsuri commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth on April 8th. It literally means festival of the flowers.
Born in a grove of blossoming trees, the baby Buddha is said to have taken seven steps representing each direction–North, South, East, West, Up, Down and Here. Pointing to the sky and to the ground he proclaimed, “Above the heavens, below the earth, I alone am the world honored one.”
On Hanamatsuri, we bathe the baby Buddha statue with a dipper of water and offer a flower in gratitude for his entry into the world. Our service starts at 11 am on Saturday with the chanting of the Heart Sutra. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early.