Calendar of observances at Amida-ji Temple


This calendar is a work in progress. My intention is to provide a daily event or character related to Pure Land  Buddhism, similar to calendars of other religions so that followers have something to remember and be inspired every day. 

Some events are similar to the calendar of Nishi 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.

New Year at Amidaji temple is celebrated on the occasion of the Chinese New year. 
Every date of 16th, each month is dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
Every date of 17th each month is the Day of all Buddhas Witness
Every date of 18th each month is dedicated to Amida Buddha's Primal Vow 

January 1 - Kyōmonbō, a disciple of Rennyo Shonin
January 6 - Festival of Shakyamuni Buddha's Descent from the Heavens where He taught the Dharma to gods. On this day we celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha as the supreme Teacher of all beings, including humans and gods.
January 9 - 16  week dedicated to Shinran Shonin's Memorial (Hoonko week)
January 16 - Shinran Shonin’s Memorial Day (Hoonko) 
January 17 - The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
January 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
January 19 Shaku Ren’i ( Ren’i bo), a disciple of Shinran Shonin    
January 25 –Honen Shonin’s Memorial Day (Gyoki-e)
January 26 - Kyo Amidabutsu (Shiro Amano), a disciple of Honen Shonin
January 27 - The prostitute of Muro, a disciple of Honen Shonin

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February 5 –  Master Ryukan, a disciple of Honen Shonin and author of The Clarification of One Calling and Many Callings”.
February 15 – Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha (Nehan-e)
February 16  - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
February 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure LandFebruary 18 - Amida Buddha's Day
February 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
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 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
March 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure LandMarch 18 - Amida Buddha's Day
March 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
March 17-23 – Spring Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
March 31 - Maitreya Bodhisattva's Day (Miroku Bosatsu) 

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April 7 - Honen Shonin's Birthday 
April 8 – Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday (Hanamatsuri)
April 13 - Rennyo Shonin's Birthday
April 14 - Doshu of Akao, a disciple of Rennyo Shonin 
April 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
April 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
April 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
April 23 -  Master Seikaku, disciple of Honen Shonin and author of „Essentials of Faith Alone”

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May 11 - Commemoration of Eshinni (wife of Shinran Shonin) and Kakushinni (Shinran’s youngest daughter)
May 14 - Rennyo Shonin’s Memorial Day
May 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
May 17 -   The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
May 17 - Memorial of Ryosetsu Fujiwara, author of A Standard of Shinshu Faith, genuine transmitter of Jodo Shinshu teaching outside Japan
May 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow 
May 21 - Shinran Shonin’s Birthday (Gotan-e)
May 25 - Yamabushi Bennen (Myoho-bo)
May 30 - Shoshin-bo, a disciple of Shinran Shonin
                                               
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June 06 - Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva’s Day (Kannon Bosatsu)
June  14 - Shotoku Taishi, the father of Japanese Buddhism and the manifestation of Avalokitesvara
June 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
June 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
June 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
June 18 - 24 Summer Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
June 30 - Mahashamaprapta Bodhisattva’s Day (Seishi Bosatsu)

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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 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
July 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
July 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
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 8 - Emperor Wu of Liang, a disciple of Master T'an-luan
August 14-15 – Obon ( Festival of the dead)
August 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
August 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
August 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
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 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
September 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
September 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
September 20-26  – Autumn Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha

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October 8 -  Master Genshin, the sixth Patriarch of Jodo Shinshu
October 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
October 17 - The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
October 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
October 19 – Yuienbo, a disciple of Shinran and author of Tannisho
October 27 – Commemoration of Kakunyo Shonin

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November 9 –  Memorial Service in commemoration of all Buddhist followers who died in various persecutions or while defending the Buddhist teaching and sangha
November 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
November 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
November 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
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.
November 23 - Dharma Protectors Day  

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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 10 - Ananda, disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha
December 11 - Queen Vaidehi, a disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha
December 16 - Day dedicated to Shinran Shonin (Shuso-gakki-Hoyo)
December 17 -  The Day of all Buddhas' Witness  - On this day we are grateful to all Buddhas for guiding us to Amida Buddha. Also, we remember that all Buddhas praise Amida's Name and encourage us to entrust to Him, say His Name and wish to go to His Pure Land
December 18 - The Day of Amida Buddha's Primal Vow
December 20  - 26 Winter Higan Festival (O-Higan) dedicated to the importance of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
December 31 - Hōkyō-bō, a disciple of Rennyo Shonin 




                                                      






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