Jodo Shinshu / Jodo Shinshu Sect
In early Kamakura period
, Jodo Shinshu was founded by the venerable Shinran
who was a disciple of Honen
, Shinran improved the thoughts of Jodo Shu, so Jodo Shinshu is said to
be a faction of Jodo Shu. Jodo Shinshu
mainly insists that people must be helped by Amida Buddha, it tells the
salvation through the benevolence of Amida Buddha. People could go to heaven
if they believe the salvation of Amida Buddha and intensely pray to Amida
Jodo Shinshu was spread among farmers and samurais in its early ages. In
, Rennyo led the sect and it spread farmers in Kinki, Tokai and Hokuriku
region. Jodo Shinshu had much power to rise in revolts. And it is now the
largest Buddhist sect in Japan.
Jodo Shinshu is sometimes called 'Shinshu', 'Ikko Shu' and 'Monto Shu'.
Shinran is a priest who founded Jodo Shinshu Buddist Sect
in early Kamakura period
. His father is Arinori Hino, he became a priest at his age 9 and studied
Tendai Shu and trained in Mt. Hiei. Later he became a disciple of Honen
and studied Jodo Shu
. When Honen was exiled to Tosa province (Kochi prefecture) in 1207, he was exiled to Echigo (Niigata). And he was the first priest who had got married, his wife is Eshinni. After pardoned, he lived in Hitachi, he worked on propagation and writing some books there. Fainally he came back to Kyoto. He wrote 'Kyogyo Shinsho'. And the record of Shinran's sayings and deeds named 'Tanisho' written by his disciple Yuien is famous.