For the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition, the Buddha Amida and the Pure Land of Utmost Bliss are of crucial importance. Traditionally both Amida and the Pure Land have been seen as both symbolic and actual, neither fully immanent nor fully transcendent. In recent times, however, the marginal view that we ought to see Amida exclusively as ‘a real person’ and the Pure Land as ‘a real place’ has emerged.
Shinran Shonin, at age 85 (1257), wrote the Shozomatsu Wasan, some nine years after he had finished writing the Jōdo & Koso Wasan. Shozomatsu Wasan…
Al Bloom: I have entitled my talk with you Jishin Kyoninshin – Sharing Our Faith With The World. In approaching this topic I want to put it into the context of the situation of Jodo Shinshu in contemporary American society and the Western world.
Koso Wasan – On Youtube – Part 7: Genku (Honen) Shonin – Verses 98-119
Koso Wasan – On Youtube – Part 6: Master Genshin: Verses 88-97
Ougonge is from the The Sutra on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life (aka: the Larger Sutra or Daikyo in Japan) and are ‘Verses of Going to Pay Reverence to Amida’.
Koso Wasan – On Youtube – Part 5: Master Shan-tao:Verses 62-87
Outline of Hongwanji organization
Lineage of the Hongwanji Head Priests
Chronology of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-Ha