April 8th is the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha. This birthday celebration is known as “Buddha Day” and is also known as “Hanamatsuri.” The Hawaii Buddhist Council cordially invites everyone to the Buddha Day Service. This year the service will be held at our Betsuin so please come and enjoy the beautiful service. The guest speaker is Dr. George Tanabe, emeritus professor of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Who: Dr. George Tanabe
When: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, HI
Contact: (808) 949-3995
Dr. Tanabe most recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on January 24, 2014. Many of you are familiar with the book by Dr. Tanabe and his wife Willa Jane Tanabe entitled “Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii.” Dr. Tanabe’s talks are always interesting so please come and enjoy the Buddha Day Celebration as well as hear Dr. Tanabe.
Piano and Singing Concert by three women from Japan will follow Dr. Tanabe’s talk.
The Hawaii Buddhist Council is comprised of the following Buddhist temples: Higashi Hongwanji Mission, Honpa Hongwanji Mission, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii and Tendai Mission of Hawaii. It is always nice to get together with fellow Buddhists! Please come and celebrate Buddha’s Birthday!