Alfred Bloom

Alfred Bloom is the retired Dean and Honganji Professor of Shin Buddhism at the Institue of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace (University of Arizona Press) and The Life of Shinran: Journey to Self-Acceptance (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley).

Magazine History & Philosophy

The Western Pure Land

Christmas Humphreys, a noted early English Buddhist scholar and proponent of Zen, once declared Shin “a form of Buddhism which on the face of it discards three-quarters of Buddhism. Compared with the teaching of the Pali Canon it is but Buddhism and water.” In fact, Shin Buddhism is often portrayed this way by those who […]

By Alfred Bloom
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