Baby Buddha’s Birthday Party: The Story of Hanamatsuri

Dharma Talk for Children at Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Historic Makawao Town on the beautiful island of Maui in the great State of Hawaiʻi.

Ever wonder why we pour “sweet tea” over a statue of the Baby Buddha in a “flower palace” for “Hanamatsuri” every year?

Rev. Kerry explains the meaning and significance of Hanamatsuri, the “flower festival” in Japanese Buddhist tradition, which celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the human being who awakened to reality-as-it-is and became known as Buddha, “awakened one”, and whose teachings became known as Buddhism, encompassing the Buddha, Dharma teachings, and Sangha community.

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