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July 28, 2018

The Key to Understand His Sole Mission in Life

Q: I have heard that Shinran referred to himself as “neither priest nor lay,” but what does that mean? Why would he say such a thing? 

A: Almost everyone today thinks of Shinran as a priest or monk, but that is far from the...

July 13, 2018

Master Rennyo stated that Master Shinran taught ‘faith’ alone throughout his life. Every religion tells you to “just believe,” but all of such faith means believing in something with one’s own mind. That faith, of course, comes from the human mind. No one knows any oth...

June 29, 2018

In this world where tragedies and disasters never cease to happen, we have innumerable religions in which followers believe in paradise in the afterlife. But, after all, believing is doubting. Buddhism is a religion in which our eternal future after this life will be r...

June 28, 2018

It is difficult to find a historical figure who has led a stormier life than Master Shinran — and we should keep in mind that through all those life events, Master Shinran eternally teaches us people of the Latter Ages, what true Buddhism is. A little-known scholar of...

June 27, 2018

Continued... Read Part 1 HERE

‘The Buddha of Infinite Life’ is another name for Amida Buddha, who is the master of all buddhas. We have been abandoned by all other buddhas. Amida alone stood up, saying, “I alone will save,” and made the great ship that will rescue us. T...

June 26, 2018

The painful sea of birth and death knows no bounds.
Long have we been sinking in its waters.
Only the ship of Amida’s universal Vow
will take us aboard and carry us across without fail.
(Master Shinran)

“We are drowning in a sea of suffering; the only thing that can tak...

May 11, 2018

Read Part 1 HERE

“You have ten years left to live”: For the nineteenyear- old Shinran, this was surely the most sobering part of the dream revelation at Shinaga. “When your life ends, you will enter a realm of purity”: this prediction must have been incomprehensible. “T...