Documents …

“The Collected Works of Shinran” – Complete Online Text A wonderful  resource coordinated by Rev. Yuho B. Van Parijs. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, he was ordained as a Buddhist Priest of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto in 1994. He continues to serve as the Assistant Priest to Rev. Shitoku A. Peel, Jikoji-Temple, Antwerp.

(Also available for purchase in print form from the Honpa Hongwanji Bookstore).

“The Collected Works” is becoming the central reference for the understanding of Shin Buddhism. A translation of all Shinran’s major texts, replacing small volumes of separate works, it is indispensable for study.

Essay: Reflection on The Collected Works of Shinran by Alfred Bloom

Tannisho — A central text of modern Shin Buddhism, translated by Dr. Taitetsu Unno, with helps for reading and study.

Sutras …

“LARGER PURE LAND SUTRA” (Sukhavativyuha) The central Sutra in the trilogy of Pure Land Sutras, selected by Shinran as his  foundational text.

“THE SUTRA OF CONTEMPLATION” — The second key text in the trilogy. It is of major importance in the development of lay Pure Land teaching.

“SMALLER PURE LAND SUTRA” (Amidakyo) — The third in the trilogy, also known as “The Amida Sutra,” was translated into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Kumarajiva in the beginning of the 5th century. It describes the Pure Land and is used in funeral services.