HBC Bodhi Day Service (Honolulu)

Event details

  • Sunday | December 2, 2018
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 1685 Alaneo St., Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Higashi Hongwanji (808) 531-9088
    Honpa Hongwanji (808) 522-9200

looking up to backlit bodhi tree leaves showing capillary structure

Bodhi Day Service presented by the Hawaii Buddhist Council at Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

Free and Open to the Public

What is Bodhi Day?

We will celebrate Bodhi Day that is the date of the attainment of perfect awakening by Shakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana Buddhist tradition, it is said that he attained the awakening at the age of 35 under a Bodhi tree after 7 days of profound meditation on December 8th. The attainment of his awakening took place about 2500 years ago, and his teachings continue to lead us to the life of true peace and happiness.

This Bodhi Day Service is sponsored by the Hawaii Buddhist Council which represents different Buddhist denominations in Hawaii, and we are very pleased to celebrate with you one of the happiest occasions for all human beings.

Guest Speaker: Muthukumaru Sooriyakumar

PublicMuthukumaru Sooriyakumar outdoors with lei and hands together

Known in the community as “Sooriya,” Muthukumaru Sooriyakumar was born in Sri Lanka and is an internationally known copper artist and traditional healer. He is formally designated a “Living Treasure of Hawai’i” by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i and is the holder of numerous awards and honors.

He is recognized as a Hero of Forgiveness by the Hawaii Forgiveness Project and a Peacemaker by the United Nations Association of Hawaii and the Love Peace Harmony organization. He is also certified in Hooponopono, Laau Lapaau and is a member of the Hawaiian Kupuna Council. His life journey is to unite three deeply significant paths: the path of the sacred artist; the path of the healer; and the path of the yogi Sadhu.

For over 35 years, he has lived a humble life in Wai’anae working on these things within himself and to cultivate harmony, oneness and peace with all. He is the Founder of Mouna Farm Arts and Cultural Village where these paths are shared and he invites all to participate in Koholā Ola (The Whale that Gives Live) project where all will experience first hand art, healing and oneness.

Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (808) 531-9088
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (808) 522-9200