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L.A. Buddhist Church Federation to Celebrate Hanamatsuri

The Los Angeles Buddhist Church Federation’s Hanamatsuri, a service, lecture and artwork exhibition in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, will be held Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions, 442 E. Third St. (between San Pedro and Central) in Little Tokyo.

The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Lori Meeks

1 p.m. — Gagaku/bugaku (Japanese court music and dance) performance by Kinnara Gagaku

1:25 p.m. — Service by LABCF ministers

1:45 p.m. — Award ceremony for children’s artwork (theme: “This Is Me”)

2:10 p.m. — Commemorative lecture, “Buddhism and Women” by Dr. Lori R. Meeks, associate professor, University of Southern California (in English with Japanese translation)

3:30 p.m. — Adjournment

LABCF consists of seven temples — Higashi Honganji, Jodo Shu, Koyasan, Long Beach Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu, Nishi Hongwanji and Zenshuji — and annually observes the Hanamatsuri service to celebrate the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

For more information, call (213) 346-9666.

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