|Baby Buddha awaits his bath, while his mother Maya and the Big Buddha look on.|
The birthday celebration gave around 25 people the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of the Buddha, 2600 years ago. This event is celebrated on different dates in different Asian countries. In Japan, which is where our ceremony comes from, the date is April 8. But we wanted to have the Buddha's party coincide with the opening of Buddhas over Worcester. Just by chance, yesterday was Buddha's birthday in Nepal. We dedicated our ceremony to all the people affected by the tragic earthquake last week. The biggest feature, besides chanting, parading around with percussion instruments and streamers, and having a silent walk through the garden, was getting to bathe the baby Buddha with fragrant tea. Some lucky celebrants got cookies made by Erin Barbour, who was the coordinator of the event, along with David and me.
Happy Birthday Buddha! In heaven above and earth below, you (along with everyone) are the world-honored one!