If you have love you don't need to have anything else. If you don't have it it doesn't matter much what else you do have.
J.M. Barrie (9 may 1860 - 1937) quthor and dramatist
last month I mentioned on the mouse that april 7th or 8th is sometimes considered the buddha's birthday.
actually the date of the buddha's birthday is a highly movable feast and most of the time it is celebrated in may. this year, most asian countries will celebrate tomorrow - may 10th!
the variability of the buddha's birthday was brought home to me earlier this month when I was in metro dc and went by a vietnamese center located near my sister's home. the shrine in front caught my attention, also catching my attention was a large banner which said "happy birthday buddha". a woman came out while I was paying my respects to the shrine; we started talking - she mentioned that they were getting ready to celebrate the buddha's birthday in a few days.
I enjoy running across such places as this once suburban house now buddhist temple and am very happy when I meet folks who are connected with such places. this is just one example of the diversity and multi-cultural character of our country and how change is the constant.
as soon as I returned last week from my little trip to metro dc it was if all vestiges of winter have finally left the north coast. although we have had years where there was snow adorning the tulips, I think this won't be one of those years.
a few snaps from yesterday's nature hike:
ferns awakening from a long winter's sleep
a river of skunk cabbages
the world coloring up...and my mind filled with the who's classic song i can see for miles.....
photos: top: happy buddha, dc; insert - vietnamese buddhist center, fairfax, va; 3 photos from cuyahoga valley national park. may 2011