New Publication!!

Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved in the Modern World:
Global Perspectives

5 Years of the Ojo and Death Project's Research!

 Preview Table of Contents and Excerpts

available from Wisdom Publications (Boston)
in Japan (from Amazon Japan); rest of Asia (from INEB in Bangkok)

The New Book of Honen's writings!
available Spring 2011


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Welcome to the Jodo Shu Research Institute website! Here you will find in-depth history, analysis and translations of Pure Land Buddhist resources related to Japan's first independent Pure Land denomination, the Jodo Shu, founded by Honen Shonin in 1175.

In the column found on the left side of our webpage we have divided the materials into multiple sub-headings in order to allow for easy access in accord with varying levels of interest. By utilizing this simplified format we hope to serve both the needs of our general visitors wanting a basic overview, and the needs of students and scholars who might be looking for a more detailed treatment of points and access to further sources. In addition, we have included information about our ongoing work and projects at the Research Institute.

Please let us know via email if there is any way we might assist you in your studies of the Jodo Shu Buddhist denomination, and be sure to join our JSRI Message Board if interested in connecting with English speaking Jodo Shu Buddhists around the globe.

- the JSRI Staff

We have recently begun a daily Nenbutsu devotional practice with Jodo Shu Buddhists around the world. Each day at 10AM Japan Standard Time (UTC/GMT +9 hours) we join together in spirit as we recite Amida Buddha's Sacred Name. Please join us, and keep in contact via our JSRI Message Board.


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Please Email the Institute if you have any questions about JSRI events.