A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
Selected as one of Choice magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Books,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.