The Way of Jodo Shinshu
Reflections on the Hymns of Shinran Shonin

About 'The Way of Jodo Shinshu'

This website (formerly Notes on the Nembutsu) commenced its life some twenty years ago as a series of essays, which explore the hymns of Shinran (1173-1263).

The hymns of Shinran give a full account of the way of Jodo Shinshu and are sung at daily observances. Sometimes they are used to provide the theme of dharma talks or lectures, as they are for the essays here.

During 2020 all of the content of this website will be reviewed, especially with a view to correcting any ill-considered representations of the teaching. Where necessary, completely new material will replace existing articles.

The author of this website is Rev. George Gatenby, who is a priest of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha school of Shin Buddhism. He is a foundation member of the Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia and convenes a Shin Buddhist discussion group in Adelaide.

Photography (Japan) by Rev. Dr. Mark Healsmith

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