Shinran Shonin’s Memorial Day (Hoonko) & M. L. King Jr. Day (HQ closed for holiday)

Event details

  • Monday | January 16, 2023
  • All Day

Shinran Shonin statue with white column and purple banner background

As the most important Jodo Shinshu observance, this is the date chosen to commemorate Shinran Shonin’s passing.

Practicers have a chance to “hear the light” through listening to sermons, talks, ritual, and sangha fellowship at services and other observances on or near this date.

photo: Shinran Shonin statue at Hawaii Betsuin

Martin Luther King Jr. silhouette graphicThis year, Hoonko falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which each year is also a holiday for Headquarters staff. On this day, students and staff of Pacific Buddhist Academy, members of the Buddhist Women’s Association, and other sangha members typically participate in MLK events and activities.