Outline of Hongwanji organization
Lineage of the Hongwanji Head Priests
Chronology of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-Ha
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.