Pure Land Buddhism - Saving Grace of Buddha Amida

The Seven Patriarchs of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism

The Seven Patriarchs of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism - Master Shinran singled out seven masters or Patriarchs of Pure Land Buddhism in the millennium prior to his own, beginning with the writings of Bodhisattva Nāgārjuna and continuing to his own mentor, Master Hōnen (Genku). He also included Masters T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao (Jp. Zendō)and Genshin (a.k.a. Eshin Sozu).Each of the Seven Patriarchs was himself an aspirant for...

Rennyo, his life and work

Rennyo (1415-1499) was a descendant of Shinran and the eighth chief abbot (monshu) of the Hongwanji in Kyoto. In 1457, when he was 43, he became the chief abbot and continued his missionary activity in the Omi region. He started a unique way of transmitting the Dharma through the use of letters, which were widely read among the followers and contributed enormously to the dissemination...

Tannishō | Passages Deploring Deviations of Faith

Tannishō by Yuienbō, also known in English translations as Passages Deploring Deviations of Faith or A Record in Lament of Divergences is one of the most significant religious and philosophical works in Pure Land tradition of Buddhism, in so called Shin Buddhism. The first part of the book consists of Yuienbō’s personal recollections of the words of Shinran himself. The second part gives Yuienbō’s own...

Although he refused to recognize any disciples, Shinran had, in fact, many ardent followers, including Yuienbō, the author of the Tannishō. The Tannishō was probably written about 1280. Yuienbō’s reason for writing the tract is given in the text itself: to refute deviations from the true faith that had arisen among Shin followers after Shinran’s death. The Tannishō has continued to exert a profound influence...

Shozomatsu Wasan | by Shinran

This is the Third Volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Shozomatsu Wasan. Here we find ourselves in the present situation of a Buddhist and simply - a human being: far from the influence of the Buddha, living in dark and confused times. Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) composed three volumes of verses (Wasan) in Japanese, namely - Jōdo Wasan, Koso Wasan...

Koso Wasan | by Shinran

This is the second volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Koso Wasan. It represents the verses dedicated to the 7 great Buddhist Masters of the past which Shinran Shonin considered the foremost Patriarchs of Pure Land Buddhism and teachers of "Faith Alone" concept propagated afterwards by Jōdo Shinshū tradition. Koso Wasan comprises the following 5 chapters: Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva ,...

Jōdo Wasan | by Shinran

Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) composed three volumes of verses (wasan) in Japanese, namely - Jōdo Wasan, Koso Wasan and Shozomatsu Wasan. This is the first volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Jōdo Wasan. These songs celebrate the essence of Jōdo Shinshū (Shin Buddhism or Pure Land Buddhism). They touch upon every facet of the spiritual life, and the Pure Land...

Shinran Shonin | The Pure Land Patriarch

Shinran Shonin , the Buddhist Teacher from Japan of 13th century were probably the most significant propounder of the teachings on Buddha Amida and Nembutsu or tradition of chanting Namu Amida Butsu ("Adoration to Buddha Amitāyus"), the founder of Jōdo Shinshū or "True Pure Land School” tradition in Japanese Buddhism. We think of Master Shinran when we think about Buddha Amida (Amitabha) and his Pure...

Jōdo Shinshū Service | Shōshinge

Jōdo Shinshū Service The Service of "True Pure Land School" of Buddhism. Shōshinge (Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu) by Master Shinran. Shōshinge is traditionally followed by the chanting of six sets of Nembutsu and Wasan by Shinran Shonin. Wasan are poems composed by Shinran Shonin, which explain his teaching in a simple form. It concludes with the "Ekoku," , which expresses the aspiration...

Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra

The Larger Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutra or else known as Infinite Life Sūtra is one of the three most significant Buddhist Sūtras in the Pure Land Buddhism school, extolling the story of Buddha Amitābha (Amitāyus), his wows to help all living beings in the after-death state and how to reach his Land of Ultimate Happiness (Sukha) or otherwise known as the Pure Land of Amitābha. The sutra...

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