- Critical Thinking in Buddhism: The Kalama Sutta
- Shinran’s Non-discriminating Universal Faith
- A New Buddhist Perspective
- Tiger Woods and Forgiveness: A Buddhist View
- The Path to Spiritual Freedom
- Shinran’s Birthday
- Faith Transforms Life
- Buddhism and Atheism
- Obon and Family Values – An interpretation of the contemporary meaning of the Obon Festival that commemorates the ancestors in Japanese Buddhism.
- Under God
NOTE: The following essays, articles and papers are in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.
- Amida Buddha, The Central Symbol of Pure Land Teaching
- Shin Buddhism and Culture: The Story of Heitaro
- Shinran: A Man with Nothing to Hide
- The Beginnings of Hongwanji
- Social and Religious Meaning of Nichiren
- Understanding Nembutsu
- Amida Buddha and the Ideal of Universal Salvation
- The Buddhist Perspective on Human Fulfillment: The Pure Land
- Understanding Karma and Transmigration in Buddhism
- Where Do I Go When I Die?: Christian and Buddhist Views
- Salvation Christian and Buddhist
- Amazing Grace: Christian and Buddhist
- The Meaning of Faith in Buddhism and Christianity
- Sudhana’s Quest: Learning and Buddhism
- Kannon and the Ideal of Compassion
- Remembering Shinran
- The Central Concept of Buddhism
- Meditation in Shin Buddhism
- Yemyo Imamura: Connecting the Dots
- What Does it Mean to Be Human?: Buddhism in the Modern Context
- Kujo Takeko – A Modern Buddhist Woman
- Honen and Shinran: Loyalty and Independence
- Buddhism and Christianity: Interpreting A New Testament Passage
- Buddha: The Perpetual Iconoclast – There are many facets of Buddhism. However, the essence of Buddhism, which distinguishes it in some ways from other religions or religious philosophies, may be called iconoclasm.
- The Cosmic Faith of the Japanese
- Introduction to Religion in China and Japan… The following chapters are taken from the volume “Religion and Man; India and Far Eastern Religious Traditions,” by Alfred Bloom (New York: Harper & Row, 1971.) pp. 139-282. They are included here to provide a background for Buddhism in East Asia, and offer some information on the meaning and significance of the religious faiths of China and Japan.
- Issues in Propagation of Shin Buddhism in the West
- Spiritual Transformation and the Meaning of Shin Buddhism
- Awakening with the Buddha
- The Spirituality of Shinran
- Globalization and Buddhism – An exploration of globalization, from the HAIB Newslettter.
- Introduction to Pure Land Tradition – A general presentation of the Pure Land tradition relative to texts, doctrine, development in Japan, Shinran.
- The Foundation of Shinran’s Faith: Supremacy of the Vow in the ‘Tannisho’ – Lectures on the “Tannisho, Notes Lamenting the Deviations,” an important Shin Buddhist text giving seminal insights of Shinran.
- The Life of Endowed Trust – Sermon, on nature of faith and trust in Shin Buddhism.
- Buddhism in a New Age – Shin Buddhism faces a new age of technology and society. It challenges us for our future activities.
- Shin Buddhism – The Contemporary Situation in America – A general presentation of the problems and prospects of contemporary Shin Buddhism. (1997)
- The Unique Potential of Shin Buddhism in Western Society – A brief essay on the meaning of Shin Buddhism for modern people.
- Kyogyoshinsho – Foundation and Resource for Shinran’s Understanding of Nembutsu – Introduction to the “Kyogyoshinsho.” An essay on Shinran’s major text as a resource for understanding nembutsu.
- The Ultimacy of Jodo Shinshu – Shinran’s response to Tendai, the reigning system of thought of his time. Shinran’s approach reflects his creativity in confronting contemporary thought in his own age.
- Rennyo and the Renaissance of Contemporary Shin Buddhism … This two-part essay introduces Rennyo (1415-99), the eighth Abbot of the Shin Buddhist Denomination, who is commonly called the “Restorer” of Shin Buddhism.
- Parallel Recognitions of Honen and Rennyo in the Development of the Pure Land Movement in Japan. – This essay indicates the heritage from Honen underlying the achievements that became evident in Rennyo through the composition of the “Senchakushu” (Jodo Shu reading, “Senjakushu” in Jodo Shinshu).
- Obon: A Festival of Memory
- Obon Festival … Living and Dying in Buddhism – Further reflections on Obon.
- Spiritual Values and Personal Identity
- Honen Shonin’s Religious and Social Significance in the Pure Land Tradition
- Rennyo’s View of the Salvation of Women
- Kiyozawa Manshi and the Renewal of Buddhism
- The Reforming Abbot Myonyo
- Buddhism and Healing