In 1961, Shinran's 700th Memorial Service was observed. The Shinshū Dōbō-kai Movement was formed in the following year, where each person had the opportunity to re-establish themselves on the path as Shinshū followers and so return to the teaching of Jōdo Shinshū as clarified by Shinran. It began with the self-awareness that "there is not even a single Shinshū follower," based on the social conditions of postwar Japan and the reality of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha denomination.
"Dōbō" does not simply mean people coming together in common fellowship. Shinran persistently perceived all people as fellow-beings and fellow-travelers and treated all equally with respect. We live in a world where all people are interconnected and each one of us will be called upon to be a Nenbutsu practitioner.
WThus, volunteering at Higashi Honganji creates a history for all those who, at the same time, receive the teaching of Shinran and entrust themselves to the Nenbutsu in front of his image. Even today, people visit this temple to spend time in self-reflection and appreciation.