Gregory and I had a glorious day recently at the Portland Japanese Gardens strolling through the chi-filled gardens of verdant green moss, bright pink flowers and gentle water features. It's such a marvelous place for restoring your energy and mind--if you're in Portland, you must go!
We were so honored to particpiate in a Hana Matsuri ceremony (the 8th day of the 4th Lunar Month) celebrating the birhday of Buddha. This Hana (flower) and Matsuri (festival) was celebrated by placing a young Buddha in the middle of a flower-strewn altar and we lit gorgeous incense before him and poured sweet tea over Him after awhile of deep, resonant chanting.
We were also moved to tears to add our prayers to a memorial for the Japanese victims.
And our spirits lifted by the beautiful Ikebana--kept thinking how gorgeous it would be in our master bathroom with our Japanese soaking tub!