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中山・下総・散歩道

Jodo Shinshu / Jodo Shinshu Sect

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 Buddha.
Jodo Shinshu was spread among farmers and samurais in its early ages. In Muromachi period, 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'.


参考
新制版 日本史辞典
大辞林

Shinran / The Founder of Jodo Shinshu

Shinran (1173-1262)

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.


参考
大辞林
新制版 日本史辞
日本世界人名事典