Wednesday
Apr112012

Happy Birthday, Buddha! Hanamatsuri Service and April Shotsuki Service

Guest speaker Rev. John Iwohara of Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

"Hanamatsuri" or “Flower Festival” celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became enlightened as Shakyamuni Buddha. The "hanamido" a miniature floral altar of bright flowers, provides the setting of the beautiful Lumbini Garden. The statue of the baby Buddha illustrates the merits of Amida Buddha, reaching out to all beings. The pouring of sweet tea on the statue of baby Buddha (kambutsu) represents the gentle rain which fell on Lumbini's Garden that day. 

The April monthly memorial service is a service honoring family and friends who passed away in the month of April.

Please bring a salad for potluck luncheon following the service and meet with guest speaker Rev. John Iwohara, resident minister Rev. Orai Fujikawa, temple members and friends!

 

Sunday
Jan222012

Buddhist Temple of Salinas welcomes Rev. & Mrs. Orai Fujikawa to Salinas

Buddhist Temple of Salinas new Resident Minister, Rev. Orai Fujikawa officiated today at today's Ho-on-ko Service and January Shotsuki Family Memorial Service today. Ho-on-ko is the memorial service for the founder of Jodo Shinshu, Shinran Shonin, who passed away on January 16, 1263. January Shotsuki memorial service honors family members of temple members who passed away in the month of January. Bishop Ogui came to Salinas to support our new resident minister today.




The service was followed by the Temple New Year potluck luncheon. Rev. Orai Fujikawa greeted the congregation and gave a brief history of his 40 years of service in Canada. 

 

 Group photo 

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