The Way of Jodo Shinshu
Reflections on the Hymns of Shinran Shonin

Jodo Shinshu Essentials

Where to start?

There is a wealth of information about Jodo Shinshu to be mined from the internet. A good place to start is this list

Here is a list of other resources that may help you to develop a working knowledge of the way of Jodo Shinshu.

How is Shinjin to be Realised? [PDF]

  • by Yoshifumi Ueda, translated by Dennis Hirota.
  • Shinjin is the central religious experience of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu). It is variously translated as 'entrusting heart' and sometimes as 'faith'. But 'faith', in particular, requires considerable qualification in a Buddhist context.
  • The article was prepared for this website by Clement Tan.

Shinran and Jodo Shinshu [PDF]

  • by Hisao Inagaki.
  • This is the Inaugural Lecture for the Numata Chair at Leiden Universty, The Netherlands, delivered in 1992 by Professor Inagaki.
  • The article was prepared for this website by Clement Tan.
  • Chinese (simplified) - [PDF - Also prepared by Clement Tan]

Reflections on the Kyo Gyo Shin Sho [PDF]

  • This article is an introduction the Kyo Gyo Shin Sho by Professor Emeritus of Ryukoku University, Dr Hisao Inagaki.
  • The Kyo Gyo Shin Sho (The True Teaching, Practice and Realisation) belongs to the shastra class of Buddhist literature. Researched, written and compiled by Shinran between 1224 and 1247, it is a compendium of the Pure Land Buddhist teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Dharma Masters. It forms the theoretical basis of the Pure Land way, which Shinran later celebrated in his hymns.
  • This article was prepared for this website by Clement Tan.

Letters of Rennyo [PDF]

  • Translated by Ann T Rogers and Minor L Rogers
  • Rennyo Shonin was the eighth abbott of Jodo Shinshu. His letters played an important part in enabling the clear expression of Pure Land Buddhism in a way that the people of his time could readily understand.

A Standard of Shinshu Faith

  • by Ryosetsu Fujiwara
  • This was originally a training manual for young Shin Buddhists in America. It was compiled by a senior scholar of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (school of Buddhism) in 1963.
  • [PDF version for download - Prepared by Clement Tan]
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