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僧侶「大來尚順」による、英語で読む法話。


Gotane


Gotane usually refers to the Buddhist observance celebrating the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha, which falls on April 8th in the Japanese tradition. This observance is also called Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) or Kanbutsue which literally means the “ceremony of pouring the sweet tea on top of a Buddha statue.” The latter term refers to the story of the Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, when it is said to have rained sweat rain from the heavens down on the earth in celebration of this most auspicious event.

However, there is also another meaning of the term Gotane. The term is also used by the various Japanese Buddhist sects to designate their observances celebrating the birth of the founder of their sect. Accordingly, Gotane is the term used to designate the celebration honoring the birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Shin Buddhism (the True Pure Land Sect). He was born on May 21, 1173 and even over 800 years later, Shin Buddhists throughout the world are observing “Gotanye” as an opportunity to reflect on his teachings and to express their gratitude for the Nembutsu teaching he shared with the world.

In honor of Shinran’s birth this month, let’s refocus on his way of life and his teachings and let us refocus our own lives to live a life of gratitude with Namo Amida Butsu.

In Gassho


降誕会


「降誕会」(ごうたんえ)とは、通常4月8日のお釈迦さまの誕生を祝う法会を意図します。
しかし、「降誕会」はさまざまな仏教宗派の宗祖の誕生を記念して行う法会をも意味します。浄土真宗では、宗祖である親鸞聖人の誕生日(5月21日)を「降誕会」と呼び、親鸞聖人の誕生を喜ぶと供に、聖人が歩まれた道、そして残された教えに感謝する法要を行います。


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大來尚順(おおぎしょうじゅん)プロフィール
浄土真宗本願寺派 大見山 超勝寺 衆徒。翻訳家。ハーバード大学 神学部研究員を修了し、帰国。現在は、執筆活動や通訳・翻訳を通して、日本仏教を世界に弘める活動をしています。


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