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- The Essential Shinran: A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting, by Alfred Bloom. A wonderful introduction to Shinran Shonin‘s words for those who do not have, or are not inclined to read The Collected Works (see below). Dr. Bloom’s thoughtful commentary and organization of quotes makes this useful even for those who have (and have read) the aforementioned tomes.
- Great Living: In the Pure Encounter Between Master and Disciple, by Kemmyo Taira Sato. A new and very bracing translation of –and commentary on– ‘Tannisho‘.
- Call of the Infinite: The Way of Shin Buddhism, by John Paraskevopoulos. A brief but excellent primer on Jodoshinshu spirituality revealing its basic concepts, vision and scope.
- Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought, by Yoshifumi Ueda and Dennis Hirota (Currently out of print). A most excellent text on the Shonin‘s thought – demonstrating how Shinran was not only fully in harmony with Mahayana thought, but actually refined it and offered its quintessence to a posterity very much in need of it.
- Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa by David G. Lanoue. The best introduction to the haiku of Kobayashi Issa – from a Jodoshinshu perspective.
- By the Old Walls of Kyoto: A Year’s Cycle of Landscape Poems With Prose Commentaries by Harold Stewart. Part poetic travelogue, part prose reflection on the spiritual transformation that unfolds naturally within one while walking the Pure Land (Jodoshinshu) path.
- A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue by Marco Pallis. While not wholly devoted to Pure Land theory and practice, the text provides solid groundwork for walking any Buddhist path. Chapters IV (‘Is There Room for ‘Grace’ in Buddhism’) and VI (‘Nembutsu as Remembrance’) are alone worth the price of the book.
From The BCA Bookstore
- The Collected Works of Shinran – Vols. 1 & 2 are part of the Shin Buddhism Translation Series. Volume 1 contains the core texts of the tradition, while Volume 2 contains introductions, glossaries, and reading aids.
- The Way of Nembutsu-Faith, by Hisao Inagaki. The Shoshinge is a devotional poem which expresses the teaching, practice, way of life and reality of the Mahayana Pure Land tradition as re-envisioned and refined by Shinran Shonin from the teachings of his Indian, Chinese and Japanese predecessors. Hisao Inagaki provides a learned and insightful commentary on Shinran’s verse with the original text, as well as a word-for-word translation / transliteration and glossary.
- Hearing the Buddha’s Call: The Life, Works and Words of Shinran Shonin, by Jitsuen Kakehashi (translated and edited by Toshikazu Arai). An excellent and simple (but not simplistic) series of meditations on the dharma as found in the words and life of Shinran Shonin.