Go-tan-e celebrates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The life and teachings of Shinran-shonin constitute one of the most significant developments in the history of Buddhism. It was he who discovered a path which ensured that the treasures of the Dharma would be accessible to all people without discrimination.
This celebration in May is also called Fujimatsuri, or Wisteria Festival, after the purple flower which represents our sect. Though the flowers grow high on intertwined branches of a tall and sturdy tree, unlike other flowers which stand up when in full blossom, the wisteria hangs down, as if in humility. It serves as the family crest of Shinran.
Shin Buddhist Temples all over the world will be marking this occasion with the Go-tan-e special service in May.