Gotan-e (Birth of Shinran Shonin) Service
Gotan-E celebrates the birth of our founder Shinran Shonin who was born on May 21, 1173. Reviewing Shinran Shonin’s life, he did not live a fortunate life filled with happy environmental conditions. Both his parents were gone at an early age and he encountered many hardships throughout his life. But his spiritual experiences which evolved under many trying conditions and in many places, have given the many followers of the Buddha’s Teachings an answer to the purpose of life in this world.
Shinran Shonin spent his simple and modest life of ninety years with no thought of making himself spectacularly prominent and impressive among the people. But millions of Nembutsu followers are rejoicing over his way of life through the guidance of Amida Buddha and his Teachings. Let us see the true aspect of Shinran Shonin’s Shinjin (true entrusting mind) and live the life of Oneness with the strength and conviction through the Teachings of the Nembutsu.