Chronology of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-Ha

History of the Hongwanji

History of the Hongwanji. The Jodo Shinshu Buddhist path was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) during the Kamakura period, and in several centuries grew into one of the largest and most influential schools of Buddhism in Japan, a position it maintains today.

“Our Pledge” from the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha

Message on ‘Our Pledge’by OHTANI Kojun, MonshuJodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha “Thank you for attending the perpetual memorial and autumn service at Hongwanji today. This annual service…

History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism (short read)

History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism There are several sects of Buddhism each looking to the Buddha (Enlightened One) as its teacher. Different Buddhist sects celebrate…

Eshini Wife of Shinran

Eshinni – The Mother of Jodo Shinshu

Shinran broke his vows of celibacy by marrying the nun, Eshinni in 1210. It is understood that Shinran viewed marriage as a turning point when…

Shinran Shonin


SHINRAN SHONIN May 21, 1173 – January 16, 1263 His Early LifeShonin Shinran was born at Hino, a few miles southeast of the old capital…