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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: HANA MATSURI


Hana Matsuri

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha‘s birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue (“ceremony of ‘baptizing’ the Buddha”), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: BOROBUDUR


Borobudur

Borobudur is a magnificent 9th-century Buddhist shrine located in Java, Indonesia. The ruins resemble a stepped pyramid, and its intricately carved blocks of stone illustrate the life of the Buddha. A seated Buddha may be seen from three platforms above the seven stone terraces that encircle the pyramid. The simple and spacious upper terraces carry 72 bell-shaped shrines, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Hidden for centuries, Borobudur was rediscovered in the 19th century by whom? More… Discuss

 

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MAHABODHI TEMPLE


Mahabodhi Temple

Siddhartha Gautama, the man who would come to be revered as Buddha, was a prince who lived a sheltered life of luxury until he left his palace and witnessed real-world suffering. Renouncing his wealth, he became a wandering ascetic and is said to have gained enlightenment while meditating under a bodhi tree. A few hundred years later, around 250 BCE, Mahabodhi Temple, or “Great Awakening Temple,” was built on the site. Who initiated the restoration of the Bodh Gaya, India, temple in the 1880s? More… Discuss

 

Haiku: Perception, poetic thought by George-B (adapted from a Sanskrit phrase)


Haiku: Perception,  poetic thought by George-B
(adapted from a Sanskrit phrase) 

Monstruos shadow
from closer a human –
is Brother – at arm’s length.

Relic depicting footprint ofthe Buddha
with Dharmachakraand triratna,
1st century CE,Gandhāra.