Notes on the Nembutsu
Reflections on the wasan of Shinran

Sanjo Wasan of Shinran Shonin

Principal translation used on this site

At present we are in the process of a final review and revision of Notes on the Nembutsu and plan to complete it towards the middle of 2015. As part of the review, all quotes from the writings of Shinran Shonin will come from The Collected Works of Shinran, Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto, 1997, Vol. 1 [CWS]. The Sanjo Wasan is from CWS pp. 321-429.

Residual pages that have not been finally edited quote the Wasan from the following publications:

Jodo Wasan
The Hymns on the Pure Land

Ryukoku Translation Center Vol IV
204 pp

The Jodo Wasan praise the ineffable glories of Amida, the Pure Land and the Nembutsu. Expounding the import of the Pure Land Sutras, they caution against doubt and encourage faith in the Universal Compassionate Vow of Amida. - Jacket. Notes, index and bibliography.

Koso Wasan
The Hymns on the Patriarchs

Ryukoku Translation Center Vol. VI
181 pp

This volume is an excellent introduction to the history and teachings of the Jodo Shinshu. This is available in both hardback and paperback editions. Notes, index, and bibliography.

Shozomatsu Wasan
Shinran's Hymns on the Last Age

Ryukoku Translation Center Vol. VII
164 pp

This collection concerns the Last Age of the Dharma. In these are a window into the heart and humanity of Shinran. This publication also includes the Mappo Tomyoki, an essay on the spiritual condition during the Decline of the Dharma. Comprehensive notes, index, and bibliography.

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Jodo Wasan

Koso Wasan

Shozomatsu Wasan