Living with Thanks: The Five Fascicle Version of Rennyo Shonin's Letters
Hardcover – April 9, 2019
by Kemmyo Taira Sato (Author)
The newly-translated letters of Rennyo Shonin, a highly influential figure in one of Japan's most important Buddhist sects.
Rennyo Shonin (1415-1499) was the 8th Monshu, or head-priest, of the Hongan-ji Temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. During the conflict of the Onin War and the subsequent warfare that spread throughout Japan, Rennyo was able to unite most of the disparate factions of the Jodo Shinshu sect under the Hongan-ji, reform existing liturgy and practices, and broaden support among different classes of society. Through Rennyo's efforts, Jodo Shinshu grew to become the largest and most influential Buddhist sect in Japan. Rennyo's most influential written work is his collection of letters to various leading Shinshu figures. These letters have the status of scriptural texts, and are traditionally used in Shinshu daily liturgy. Living with Thanks is a magisterial new translation of, and commentary upon, Rennyo's letters by a renowned scholar in the field.
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