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

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About Jodo Shinshu

  • The Life of Shinran, Founder of Jodo Shinshu
    - Clement Tan, producer & script
    - Maximilian Nilsson-Ladner, narrator
    - Rev Prof. Michio Tokunaga & Mr. Tey Choon Whan, original calligraphy
    - Graham Ranft, background music & shakuhachi
    - original photography, Clement Tan & Mr. Ward Schmidt
  • MURYOKO - Journal of Shin Buddhism
  • This is the first Australian website dedicated to Jodo Shinshu. It is a vast repository of the writings of esteemed thinkers and teachers in the Jodo Shinshu tradition, as well as current book reviews.

Here is a selection of articles and other resources that have been generously contributed to this website. If you are not already familiar with the principal ideas of Jodo Shinshu you may find them helpful.

Two dharma talks about essentials of The Way of Jodo Shinshu

Other articles and books

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]

How is Shinjin to be Realised? [PDF]

  • by Yoshifumi Ueda
  • Translated by Dennis Hirota

Kyo-Gyo-Shin-Sho [PDF]

  • Buddhist Publication Series No 2, 1954
  • This is the original transcription by Roy Cooke of a classic out-of-print work by the twentieth century Shin Buddhist teacher, Saizo Inagaki (1885-1981).
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