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This is a Jodo Shin Shu-True Pureland text. This explains much about Shin Buddhism and the Shin Buddhist way. A must read for Buddhist finding a truer path. Very spitiual and revaling of Jodo Shin Shu. More
The True Pure Land sect is a Japanese school of Buddhism that takes place in the beleif of Enlightenment throught faith alone. The main practice is chanting the Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu. Faith in salvation works through the initiative of Amida Buddha, (SKT Amitahbha), and the hope for rebirth into the Pure Land, (a Dharma Realm).
This is the largest school of Pure Land in Asia, (one in Korea is call Chongtogyo).
This sect was founded after Shinran Shonins death in Kyoto.
Jodo Shin Shu has seven patriarchs. Nagarjuna,Vasabandu, T'an Luan, Tao Cho, Shan Tao, Genku, and Honen. After Shinrans death a tomb was erected and that area became the center of the Jodo Shin Shu movement. Ten years later his daughter, Kakushinni, built a mausoleum in Higashyama Otani area east of Kyoto where she enshrined a image of Shinran and his ashes.
Jodo Shin Shus name right was indispute. First, because Shinran never intended to start a religion. He was Honens follower. He considered himself "Jodo Shu". His followers frequently reffered to the religion as, Ikkosho or Montoshu. This was finally settled in 1872.
After Kakyunni's son, Kakunyo took over, he called the mauseleum Honganji (Original Vow Temple). Even though the temple was recognized as a seperate organization in 1332, it was still considered a branch of Tendai.
A dispute over the temples succession arose and it weakened the temple. Two Branches where formed, Western Honganji (Honpa Honganji), and Eastern Honganji (Otani Honganji). Both established headquarters in Kyoto.
The Honganji sectes excist today, with branches all over the world. With adherents of all races and nationalities. The estimate is about 13,000,000 adherents.