Today our local Buddhist Temple held the most important celebration of the year, Hanamatsuri, a day set aside to honor the birth of the Buddha.
I had the pleasure of taking photographs of the adorable children who participated in many dances and ceremonies. Here are a few of them.
The longer I attend this temple the more at home I feel there. The philosophies seem to be a good match for how my own feelings have evolved over the past 25 years. The sangha (i.e. ward, congregation, parish,etc.) is now my sangha.
The Jodo Shinshu Buddhists are very casual in their approach to church and maybe that is one reason that it appeals to me. It took a while to get used to being able to wear pants to church and the unusual scheduling of the meetings. I still have to ask Zeus each week about the times. Laughter is heard often and good food is always abundant.
There. I. said. it. Outloud.
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To read more about Hanamatsuri click here.