In Japanese Buddhism the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism the religion, is celebrated on April 8th in a holiday called Hanamatsuri or the “flower festival” in English.
In honor of the Buddha’s birthday, I wanted to pass on this small quotation from the Amitabha Sutra:
“Shariputra, just as I now praise the inconceivable virtue of other Buddhas, they also praise my inconceivable virtue, saying, ‘Shakyamuni Buddha, you have accomplished an extremely difficult and unprecedented task. In this Saha world [world of defilement], during the evil period of the five defilements — those of time, views, passions, sentient beings, and life-span — you have attained the highest, perfect Enlightenment and, for the sake of sentient beings, have delivered this teaching, which is the most difficult in the world to accept in faith.’
“Shariputra, you must realize that I have accomplished this difficult task during the period of the five defilements. That is to say, having attained the highest, perfect Enlightenment, I have, for the sake of all the world, delivered this teaching, which is so hard for them to accept. This is indeed an extremely difficult task.”
Thank you Lord Buddha!
Namo tassa bhagavato, arahato, sammā-sambuddhasa
Namu amida butsu