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This blog is devoted to the propagation of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, a 750-year-old Buddhist tradition.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Hello all!

This is a new blog which will be devoted to the propagation of the teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism (also known as "Shin Buddhism"), a 750-year-old Japanese Buddhist school. Jodo Shinshu, which means "The True Pure Land School," has its origins in medieval Japan, and in the East Asian Mahayana tradition, more specifically, the Pure Land tradition. While all Buddhist traditions ultimately go back to the historical Sakyamuni Buddha (or "Gotama Buddha"), the Jodo Shinshu tradition itself was founded by Shinran Shonin and kept alive by his disciples and family, up to today. While the majority of Jodo Shinshu temples are in Japan, there are also temples, and many devoted sanghas, in countries around the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

This blog will aim to present Jodo Shinshu faithfully, and in a manner that is neither overly academic nor "dumbed down." If you are new to Buddhism, I hope this blog can answer some of your questions about this particular Buddhist tradition. If you are a long-time Shinshu follower, I also hope this blog will refresh your understanding, and that you may still learn new things! We are all newcomers to Dharma.

Since this blog will focus on Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, you may not find questions answered about other Buddhist traditions - I am ordained only in the Shinshu tradition. Although I have studied other forms of Buddhism, and visited other Buddhist temples, I am certainly not an expert on any of them. I cannot give you any advice on "which Buddhism is better" type of questions, only perhaps a personal and frank explanation of why Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is the path I "practice."

If you are familiar with my other blog, Buddhist Military Sangha, that is open to discussions of all forms of Buddhism, not only Jodo Shinshu (please visit)! Like that blog too, I will not engage in political debate here, or engage in ad hominem attacks on other teachers, or other religions. I will, however, speak out against mischaracterizations about Jodo Shinshu, in order to remove confusion or incorrect descriptions. That is also part of propagation!

I may not be posting too often, since I am going to be very busy soon with deployment, but I hope to get this blog on a good start in this Year of the Tiger. Check back soon!

Namo Amida Butsu


  1. Yuinen Sensei,

    I think I'm better at following blogs than I am at blogging. Looking forward to this one.

    In Oneness,

  2. Dear Yuinen -

    I am very glad that you are starting a blog, and I will add you to my own personal list of reliable Dharma links.

    We need more folks like you - people who are TRUE priests, who are committed to sharing the TRUE teaching of the Pure Land Way, as delivered to us by the compassion of Amida Himself, through Master Shinran and Master Rennyo.

    My sincere hope is that through your example, and the example of others like Eiken Kobai Sensei and Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea, other people of the same SHINJIN, whether clerics, scholars or laypeople, will call the Shin Sangha back to its original message and its original mission, for the sake of all beings everywhere.


    Paul Roberts


  3. Hi Sensei,

    Good luck with your new blog. We are very happy to see it.


    Bill Teague
    Buddhist Temple of San Diego

  4. Congratulations!!
    I will add it on my links, too and read it every time.
    Namo Amida Butsu

  5. Hi, Sensei!
    Missed you at Joya-e and New Year-- Happy New Year to you and the fuzzies!


  6. Hi!

    I'm vincent from french Guiana and i follow the Paul Roberts's True_Shin_Buddhism group day by day.
    Thank you to take your time for the sharing of the Dharma.



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