The Second Founder of Shin Buddhism

Minor L. & Ann T. Rogers

Fremont, CA: Asian Humanities Press, 1991.

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Selected as one of Choice magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Titles, 1994,” and the first book-length study of Rennyo (1415-1499), the Jodo Shinshu priest who transformed the Honganji religious order into the most powerful Buddhist organization in Japan. This work examines Rennyo’s thought and his continuing influence today. It includes an annotated translation of Rennyo’s major letters, the source of much of his influence.

This richly detailed study of Rennyo’s life and work will serve as a valuable reference as well as inform both the specialist and the general reader about this important figure in Japanese Buddhism.

Rennyo is informed by a sensitive historiography attentive not only to social institutions but also to the religious dimensions of awareness at work in the processes of history;… It is at once a lucid introduction of Rennyo to Western readers and a pioneering formulation that challenges traditional Shin Buddhist scholarship.

Dennis Hirota

Minor ROGERS received his Ph.D. in Comparative Religion (specializing in Japanese Buddhism) from Harvard University, and taught in the Department of Religion at Washington and Lee University until his death in 1992.

Ann ROGERS has an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia and teaches Japanese at Washington and Lee University.