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More about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Jodo Shinshu  Buddhism was founded in Japan by  Shinran Shonin (1173-1262).  It was  Shinran Shonin who brought the Buddhist teachings down from the monastery level to ordinary man, who could practice with his family.  The first meeting of young Jodo Shinshu immigrants to the United States was initiated in San Francisco on July 14, 1898.

Our religion teaches that truth and virtue must be realized through spiritual evolution.  This cannot be acquired by merely subscribing to reeds or believing in doctrines.  The teachings, or Dharma, are offered solely as helpful signposts set up by those who have traveled the Way before us.


The main object of sentient beings is to turn from illusion and attain enlightenment.  All Buddhist schools of thought embrace this same goal of Enlightenment.

The Wheel of Dharma, symbolizes the eightfold Noble Path to Enlightenment:  Right Views, Right Thoughts, Right Speech,  Right Actions, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Meditation.

Buddhism encourages us to think upon and seek the truth, and asks us to be present in the eternal "now".  We are encouraged to awaken to all that is by seeking enlightenment.  Buddhism places emphasis on universal life and the interconnectedness of all things and all life, rather than an individual soul.

As such, Buddhists view heaven and hell as conditions of life created by us here and now, not dwelling places reserved for after death.  Sin is not a Buddhist concept.  Instead the three poisons are greed, anger and selfishness which can be overcome through wisdom.

A Buddhist View ...

  • of the World:  Impermanence and constant change.

  • of Life:  Interdependence, non-self.

  • of Truth:  Enlightenment, Nirvana.

Simply stated, Buddhism teaches the way of Oneness.