Joint Celebration for Shinran Shonin’s 850th birthday and the 800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Tradition which will be held in 2023 – Kyoto Japan

As you can see, there will be 5 session periods of 5 days each. During the 4th Session (May 6-11, 2023) the 17th World Buddhist Women’s Convention will be held in conjunction with these celebratory observances. Kindly share this information with your BWA members.

… please review the material carefully. The initial (1st) registration period for this event will be from October 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022.
A 2nd registration application period has also been set for April 1, 2022 – March 2023 until the start of the Celebration.

Thank you.

Rev. Michael Endo
Executive Assistant to the Bishop
(August 2021)

Dear ministers and members,

The Joint Celebration of the 850th Anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s Birth and 800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching will take place as follows:

1st session                       March 29–April 3, 2023

2nd session                      April 10–April 15

3rd session                       April 24–April 29

4th session                       May 6–May11

5th session                       May 16–May 21

This will be a great opportunity to express our appreciation for Shinran Shonin, who founded the Jodo Shinshu Tradition. Thanks to this universal teaching that excludes no one, we are enabled to live with peace of mind entrusting ourselves to Amida Buddha’s salvific working. We look forward to welcoming as many fellow Nembutsu followers as possible from the overseas sanghas to this only once in fifty-year occasion.

Attached is the initial information packet on the Joint Celebration to assist you in making your plans. It will also be made available online (Hongwanji International Center website URL:

With the 17th World Buddhist Women’s Convention scheduled for May 11 and 12, 2023, many seats have been secured for the overseas delegation during the following dates:

May 10 Morning Observance

May 10 Afternoon Observance

Of course, we gladly welcome you to attend during the other dates and sessions as well. Please notify the Hongwanji International Center (HIC) of your plans through your overseas district headquarters. Applications from overseas will be given high priority during the First Application Period that ends in December 2021. Only when the service of your group’s first choice happens to be significantly overcrowded, might you be asked to reschedule to another date/session. Registrations following the first application period will be accepted, but please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate your requested date/session. Contact HIC for seat availability.

In gassho,

Hongwanji International Center

Kyoto, Japan