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Hanamatsuri Celebration!


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Sunday April 8, we invite our members of the temple to come and celebrate Lord Sakyamuni's birthday with us! On this day more than 2,000 years ago, Siddhartha Gauthama, who would later go on to attain complete and supreme enlightenment and turn the irrevocable Wheel of the Dharma was born.
His mother Queen Maya before her pregnancy had a vivid dream in which a white elephant came to her and blessed her stomach with his trunk. This was surely an auspicious sign that her child would later attain greatness. In her final month of pregnancy she started out on a journey to return to her parents kingdom, as was the custom in those days. But during the trek, heavy with child they stopped in Lumbini, the journey could go no farther. She strayed away from her retinue to seek refuge underneath a Sala tree which was said to sympathetically reach out its branches to aide her in birthing her son.
When the labor had stopped and Lord Sakyamuni was born it was said that he was so healthy that he could stand on his own, and further that he could speak full sentences. It was also said that he took seven steps and that lotus flowers sprouted from the ground with each step of his foot. On the seventh step Lord Sakyamuni declared "I am chief of the world, Eldest am I in the world, Foremost am I in the world. This is the last birth. There is now no more coming to be."