Cancelled: The Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation to present HANAMATSURI, A Celebration of Buddha’s Birth, at Little Tokyo, April 5, 1:30PM

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this event is canceled.

The Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation

BUDDHISM: PRACTICE OF EATING
Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:30 pm

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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HANAMATSURI A Celebration of Buddha’s Birth
Buddhism: Practice of Eating
2020 HANAMATSURI PROGRAM – SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020, 1:30 TO 3:30 PM

PROGRAM

1:30 pm  HANAMATSURI SERVICE
2:00 pm  Award Ceremony for Art Contest
2:30 pm  Special Event “Buddhism: Practice of Eating”
Instructor: Rev. Shumyo Kojima
3:30 pm  Closing Message

HANAMATSURI EXHIBIT – CHILDREN’S ART / THEME “Life”
Children’s Art    April 5th at  Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

HANAMATSURI SCHEDULE AT SENIOR CARE FACILITIES

Tue. April 7, 1:45 pm    Sakura Intermediate Care Facility

Mon. April 13, 3:00 pm  Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center

Tue. April 14, 1:30 pm  Kei-Ai South Bay

Mon. April 20, 2:00 pm  Garden Crest Convalescent Hospital

Federation Activities

The contributions we receive from you enable us to continue such ongoing programs as follows:

The Annual Hanamatsuri Celebration
Sermon Distribution for Rafu Shimpo

LABCC Buddhist Summer Camp Program
Joint Service at the Manzanar Monument

Regular visits to Senior Care Facilities

Joint Service on Memorial Day at Los Angeles cemeteries

The Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation consists of 8 local Buddhist temples (Higashi Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Honganji, Senshin Buddhist Temple and Zenshuji) and annually observes the Hanamatsuri service to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, the founder of Buddhism.

Shumyo Kojima
Chair of LABTF Hanamatsuri 2020

I’d like to thank you for your continued support for the Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Federation.  At this year’s Hanamatsuri, we are going to celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha under the theme of “Buddhism – Practice of Eating.”

We have meals to sustain our life from the moment we were born to this world until our life ends.  All food is none other than forms of life including even plants that are also forms of living beings.

Buddhists uphold a precept of Fusessho kai “non-killing.”  For this reason, we have been constantly asking ourselves the meaning of the “act of eating” the life of other beings.

Having a meal is an indispensable part of our everyday life and it is also a significant act to maintain our life.

Our hope is to share the source of our happiness with you through the programs we have designed for Hanamatsuri 2020 from the perspective of our daily act of eating meals.

Gassho
Shumyo Kojima
Chair of LABTF Hanamatsuri 2020

Buddhism, Practice of Eating

It is with our greatest pleasure to invite you to experience the transformation of our awareness from “what to eat” to “how to eat” food through this event, “Buddhism, Practice of eating.”

We are preparing and serving simple shojin ryori or monastic meals of rice gruel, tsukemono pickles, and sesame and salt in this event.  It is our hope that you experience the flavor of the monastic meals through your heart and spirit using the utensils and bowls used in Zen Buddhist priests.

In its original meaning, the ingredients of Shojinryori (monastic meals) are not limited to vegetables free from the meat of fish or animals.   Shojinryori is prepared as a part of practice with “shojin” meaning diligence and “ryori” meaning meal or cooking.

Whether through cooking or eating, it is meant for us to maintain our diligence and this practice developed with the teachings of Buddhism which defines vegetables and meats are all life forms.

We would like to share with you this “Practice of eating” to express our gratitude to all life forms while at the same time sharing the joy of living our life.