Global Standard Buddhism(about HANAMATSURI)

The Flower Festival is a traditional event that celebrates the beginning of Buddhism.

The birth of Gautama Siddharta means the beginning of Buddhism, because he preached the teachings of enlightenment.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:仏教/仏教とは#

Gautama Siddharta was a historical real person who appeared in Northern India about 2,500 years ago.

Since Buddha means “the awakened one”, he is also called “Gautama Buddha.”

Gautama Buddha’s birthday is said to be April 8th, but actually it is unknown.

According to legend, he was born in a flower garden called Lumbini on a calm spring day, so his birthday is held during the warm flower season.

Buddhists don’t adhere to strict dates, and Kyosyuji Temple holds the event every year during the long spring holiday period.

During the HANAMATSURI, a ceremony is held in which AMACHA(sweet tea) is poured onto a statue of the baby Buddha, modeled after the newborn Siddharta Gautama.

Why do they pour sweet tea on statues of the Baby Buddha?

It is based on the mythical legend of the birth of Buddha.

It is said that when Buddha was born, 

he immediately stood up, took seven steps, 

looked around in all four directions, 

pointed to the sky and the ground, 

and said, “I am the only one in heaven and on earth.”

Of course, it is impossible for a newborn human being to stand or speak.

However, this legend contains a Buddhist message.

First of all, what Buddha walked seven steps represents that he had overcome the six realms known as the ROKUDOU and reached the state of enlightenment.

And looking in all four directions and pointing to the sky and the ground represents the boundless, undivided equality and universality of the Buddha’s teachings.

It is said that the Buddha uttered the words “I am the only one in heaven and on earth.”

What this means is not to be selfish and boastful about how great I am.

It is telling us that every person is an individual, precious being.

You are the only irreplaceable person in heaven and on earth.

During the HANAMATSURI ceremony, sweet tea is poured over a statue of the Baby Buddha.

This depicts the miraculous scene when it occurred on buddha’s birthday.

At the time of Gautama Buddha’s birth, 

a wonderful sound echoed throughout the world 

and sweet rain fell from the sky 

and showered on the Buddha’s body.

I mentioned earlier that the HANAMATSURI is a celebration of the birth of Buddha, held on a mild spring day.

However, I also mentioned that it rained when Buddha was born.

I think this means it was a sunshower.

I imagine a scene in which 

sunshine breaks through the clouds, 

and a sunshower is falling on the baby buddha’s body in a flower field.

[ブッダ誕生の奇跡的光景イメージグラフィック]

While imagining this scene, pour sweet tea over the Buddha.

I’m sure you have a good day in your life.