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The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 1

[It is currently out of stock. The second edition is prepared, with revised translation and enhanced graphics. The new edition will be published later this year (2017). We greatly appreciate your patience.]

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  • ISBN: 978-0-615-57613-8
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: December, 2011
  • 104 pages
  • Paperback

The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 1 provides a vivid description of the young days of Shinran Shōnin, the founder of Jōdo Shinshū (Shin Buddhism), spanning from his childhood to his early thirties. It depicts his childhood difficulties, struggles for true enlightenment in the Buddhist path, the first meeting with his lifetime partner, Eshin, and the life-changing encounter with his teacher, Hōnen Shōnin. The book is the English version of the graphic novel Manga Shinran Shonin, Volume 1, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshū Ōtani-ha) Nanba Betsuin.

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The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 2

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  • ISBN: 978-0-615-81955-6
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: June, 2013
  • 108 pages
  • Paperback

This beautiful graphic novel vividly depicts the young days of Shinran, a prominent Buddhist priest of the 13th century in Japan. The content of this volume is focused on the government persecution of his teacher, Hōnen, and some of his disciples including Shinran. As a result of the persecution, Shinran was forced to live a life in exile but he discovered the deeper meaning of Hōnen’s teachings through his relationships with the local people. This book is the English version of the graphic novel Manga Shinran Shonin, Volume 2, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshū Ōtani-ha) Nanba Betsuin in Osaka, Japan.  The story is based on the latest academic research on Shinran’s life as well as on the long-held tradition.

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The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 3

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  • ISBN: 978-0-692-36623-3
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: March, 2015
  • 128 pages
  • Paperback

The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 3, the final volume of The Seeker series, vividly depicts the last half of the life of Shinran, a prominent Buddhist priest of the 13th century in Japan, who is regarded as the “spiritual forebear” on the Shin Buddhist path.
While living in a remote area in banishment, Shinran learned of the death of Hōnen, the teacher
who guided him to discover the essence of Buddhist teachings, the sole practice of the Nenbutsu. Heartbroken at the loss, Shinran decided not to return to Kyoto, but instead moved to a new place in search of better Buddhist resources to deepen the understanding of Hōnen’s teaching.
While the Nenbutsu teaching was gradually taking root among local people, the opposition from old Buddhist schools and government crackdown against the Nenbutsu Sangha intensified again. Although he confronted many kinds of challenges from both inside and outside of the Sangha, Shinran’s determination to carry on the torch of his late teacher’s teaching never wavered…
This book is the English version of the popular graphic novel Manga Shinran Shonin, Volume 3, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshū Ōtani-ha) Nanba Betsuin in Osaka, Japan.

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December Fan: The Buddhist Essays of Manshi Kiyozawa (2nd Edition)

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  • Translator: Nobuo Haneda
  • ISBN: 978-0-615-65763-9
  • Price: US$12.00 – tax included
  • Published: September, 2014
  • 104 pages
  • Paperback

The much-awaited 2nd printing of December Fan: The Buddhist Essays of Manshi Kiyozawa, is now available. Translated by Dr. Nobuo Haneda (Maida Center of Buddhism, Berkeley, California), December Fan is a collection of essays written by Reverend Manshi Kiyozawa, one of the most influential Buddhist thinkers in the modern era. He is regarded as the reformer of the teaching of Shinran Shōnin, known as Shin Buddhism or Jōdo Shinshū. With his deep insight into human existence but still with a down-to-earth approach, Kiyozawa beautifully integrated the traditional Shin Buddhist teachings into modern thoughts in these essays. With a new preface and revisions by Dr. Haneda, this new edition is now presented by the Shinshu Center of America.