Calendar of observances


Calendar of observances[1]
at Amida-ji Temple and the Romanian Jodo Shinshu Sangha

January 6 - Festival of Shakyamuni Buddha's Descent from Heavens where He taugh the Dharma to gods. In this day we celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha as the supreme Teacher of all beings, including humans and gods.
January 16 - Shinran Shonin’s Memorial Day (Hoonko)       
January 25 –Honen Shonin’s Memorial Day (Gyoki-e)

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February 5 –  Master Ryukan, disciple of Honen Shonin and author of „One Calling and Many Callings”.
February 15 – Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha (Nehan-e)
February 25 - Translator's Day - a special day to express gratitude for the people who translated the sacred Buddhist texts into various languages

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March 5 - Samantabhadra Bodhisattva's Day (Fugen Bosatsu)
March 17-23 – Spring Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha; March 20 – main day of the O-Higan Festival

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April 7 - Honen Shonin's Birthday 
April 8 – Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday (Hanamatsuri)
April 13 - Rennyo Shonin's Birthday 

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May 11 - Comemoration of Eshinni (wife of Shinran Shonin) and Kakushinni (Shinran’s youngest daughter)
May 14 - Rennyo Shonin’s Memorial Day
May 17 - Memorial of Ryosetsu Fujiwara, author of A Standard of Shinshu Faith, genuine transmitter of Jodo Shinshu teaching outside Japan
May 21 - Shinran Shonin’s Birthday (Gotan-e)
                                               
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June 06 - AvalokitesvaraBodhisattva’s Day (Kannon Bosatsu)
June  14 - Shotoku Taishi, the father of Japanese Buddhism and manifestation of Avalokitesvara
June 22 - Mahashamaprapta Bodhisattva’s Day (Seishi Bosatsu)
June 29 - Vajrapani Bodhisattva's Day    

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July 05 – Bodhisattva Nagarjuna, the first Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
July 15 - Bodhisattva Vasubandhu, the second Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
July 29 – Founding Day of Amida-ji Temple

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August 7 – Master T’an-luan, the third Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
August 30 - Master Tao-ch’o, the fourth Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu

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September 10 - Master Shan-tao, the fifth Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
September 20-26  – Autumn Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha; September 23 – main day of the Autumn Higan Festival

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October 8 -  Master Genshin, the sixth Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
October 17 – Yuienbo, disciple of Shinran and author of Tannisho
October 27 – Commemoration of Kakunyo Shonin

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November 9 –  Day of the Martyrs – Memorial Service in commemoration of all Buddhist followers who died in various persecutions 
November 22 – Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo) dedicated to all members, friends and supporters of Amida-ji who passed away. Included in this service are also the deceased in whose name a donation or contribution was made to the temple and its Dharma activities. 

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December 8 –  Enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha (Bodhiday/Jodo-e)
December 9 – The Larger Sutra Day - Shakyamuni preaches the Larger Sutra on Amida Buddha, the true reason for His coming to this world
December 20 - The Day of all Buddha's Witness - all Buddhas praise Amida Buddha's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land.



                                                      



[1] This is the Calendar in use at Amida-ji and in the Romanian Shinshu Sangha.
Some events are similar with the calendar of Hongwanji, while others are added or adapted by me for a deeper appreciation of various historical figures, events and important elements of our teaching.

The dates of some celebrations are not decided on the basis of historical accuracy, as for example, I do not know when Nagarjuna, the Chinese masters or other important figures in the calendar were born or died, but were arranged in that order because it is more convenient to celebrate them at those dates.

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