In recent years, Tricycle has featured a number of articles on Pure Land Buddhism, a tradition with which many of our readers have little familiarity. Because of its long history and extensive influence in Buddhism in the West, we have given particular emphasis to the Shin school of Pure Land, which was founded by Shinran (1173-1263), a Japanese monk that Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom calls a “towering figure” in Buddhism. Read the articles below to get a sense of Shinran and his teachings, and the modern practice of Jodo Shinshu.

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Daibutsu: the Great Buddha of Kamakura


The Eastern Buddhist is a journal started by D. T. Suzuki in 1921. Suzuki became a Shin practitioner in later life and wrote the influential book Shin Buddhism, which was later retitled “Buddha of Infinite Light.”

Monshu Koshin Ohtani’s book “The Buddha’s Wish for the World,” released on the occasion of the 750th memorial for Shinran Shonin, is available on Amazon and Facebook

The Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) has a great bookstore, which is the perfect spot to look for books on Shin Buddhism.

The four websites below are valuable resources on the practice of Shin Buddhism, as well as the life of Shinran Shonin, and the history of Buddhism in Japan:

Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism: Dharma for the Modern Age

Buddhist Churches of America, Berkeley, California

Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji


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