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Important Sites Related to Jodo Shinshu:
The Collected Works of Shinran has been put online and may be found here.
Translations of the "Three Pure Land Sutras" may be found here at Amida Net - This site, generously presented by Professor Hisao Inagaki, provides another complete translation Shinran's Kyo Gyo Shin Sho, articles, essays, and more. It also includes beautiful images from the Japanese Pure Land Mandalas.
Of crucial importance, Amida Net contains the texts of the three Pure Land Sutras, which form the basis of all Pure Land Teachings, including Jodo Shinshu:
The "Larger Pure Land Sutra". Its Sanskrit title is Sukhāvatī-vyūha sūtra; in Chinese it is called Wuliangshou-jing and in Sino-Japanese Busetsu Muryōju Kyō (佛説無量壽經). This text is divided into two sections, which are available online: Part 1 and Part 2. The Forty Eight Vows may be found here.
The "Amida Sutra" or “Smaller Sutra” is known in Sanskrit as Amitābha-sūtra, in Chinese as Amito-jing, and in Sino-Japanese as Busetsu Amida Kyō (佛説阿彌陀經). It can be found online here.
The "Visualization Sutra" has been immensely important in the history of Pure Land practice. It has the Sanskrit name Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra although no original Sanskrit version is known to exist. In Chinese it is known as Wuliangshouguan-jing and in Sino-Japanese as Busetsu Kan Muryōju Kyō (佛説觀無量壽經). The online text is here.
"The Way of Jodo Shinshu," dedicated to Shinran Shonin's Wasan (by Rev. George Gatenby of Australia) is found here. If you are ever in Adelaide, visit Rev. Gatenby at the "Adelaide Jodo Shinshu Benkyokai Study Centre."
Shin Dharma Net - Dr. Alfred Bloom's site is a tremendous resource to anyone interested in Jodo Shinshu. With articles, book reviews, resources, and informative pages covering every aspect of the subject, this web site is helpful to people at all levels of knowlege and scholarly ability. Also found here is Dr. Bloom's "Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture: A Self Study Course" upon which his recent book, "The Promise of Boundless Compassion: Shin Buddhism for Today" (available at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bookstore) was based.
Pacific World Journal is a publication of the Institute of Buddhist Studies and may be downloaded or subscribed to without charge. It is an important scholarly journal devoted to buddhist studies, particularly Jodo Shinshu.
Nembutsu.info: Journal of Shin Buddhism - This excellent site from Australia features contantly updated articles (mostly of a scholarly nature) on all aspects of Jodo Shinshu.
A selection of Rennyo's Letters (Gobunsho) focus on the essence of Shinran's teachings, emphasizing the heart/mind of trusting faith in Amida. Rennyo (1415-1499) was the 8th Abbot of Hongwanji Temple and was responsible for positioning Hongwanji at the center of the Jodo Shinshu movement. Despite his charisma and political skill, he was totally devoted to the Nembutsu teaching and once said that the true measure of Hongwanji was not the degree of wealth or political power it attained, but the entrusting heart of even a single one of its followers.
The Living Dharma Library is a wonderful resource for articles and sermons on Jodo Shinshu. It is part of the Living Dharma website of West Covina Buddhist Temple, located near Los Angeles. An important feature of this site is the complete online Tannisho, a completely revised version of Tannisho: A Shin Buddhist Classic, published in 1984 (translated by Taitetsu Unno).
Professor Toshikazu Arai of Soai University, Osaka—a noted Shin scholar—maintains a blog called Echo of the Dharma (in both English and Japanese). He says: "In this blog, I hope to share with you my impressions and feelings about different phenomena in the world based on Shinran's teachings."
General Buddhist Sites:
BuddhaNet - This is a wonderful website with a comprehensive and educational mission. According to the site, it "is the result of a vision to link up with the growing world-wide culture of people committed to the Buddha's teachings and lifestyle, as an on-line cyber sangha. In this way, an ancient tradition and the information superhighway will come together to create an electronic meeting place of shared concern and interests." You can download many books here in PDF format. Highly recommended.
Access to Insight - website devoted to Theravada Sutras and other writings (see "Highlighted Links" above). Relevant to our class discussion on the Six Paramitas, read the section on the practice of dana from the Theravada viewpoint.
Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin - Our temple's home page.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii - This is the home page of the Honpa Hangwanji Mission of Hawaii, our headquarters in the Hawaiian Islands. Please see this site for links and contact information about most of our temples in Hawaii.
Buddhist Churches of America - The website for the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Nishi Hongwanji) denomination in mainland USA.
Buddhist Churches of Canada - The website for the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Nishi Hongwanji) denomination in Canada.
Nishi Hongwanji - This is the official site of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, our headquarters in Japan. For the Japanese language site click here.
More to come....