Publications – Paper Books

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The Rules of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha

This book is a compilation of some of the most important rules of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha (Higashi Honganji) as a religious organization headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Each set of rules has been newly translated in English. Included rules are:

  1. The Constitution of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha (Shinshū Ōtani-ha Shūken)
  2. Bylaws of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha, a Religious Corporation (Shūkyō Hōjin Shinshū Ōtani-ha Kisoku)
  3. Shinshū Honbyō Reverence Ordinance (Shinshū Honbyō Sōkyō Jōrei)
  4. Priest Ordinance (Excerpt) (Sōryo Jōrei)
  5. Fully Ordained Priest Ordinance (Excerpt) (Kyōshi Jōrei)
  6. Ritual Ordinance (Gishiki Jōrei)
  7. Appendices
    1. Ordinance on Kikyō shiki (Excerpt) (Kikyō shiki ni Kansuru Jōrei)
    2. Laypersons Ordinance (Excerpt) (Monto Jōrei)
    3. Propagation Basic Ordinance (Excerpt) (Kyōka Kihon Jōrei)
    4. Overseas Mission Ordinance (Excerpt) (Kaikyō Jōrei)
    5. Enforcement Rules for the Overseas Mission Ordinance (Excerpt) (Kaikyō Jōrei Sekō Jōki)
  • ISBN: 978-0-9995266-5-1
  • Price: US$8.00 – tax included
  • Published: June 2021
  • 120 pages
  • 6” x 9” x 0.25”
  • Paperback

The Teaching of Shin Buddhism and the History of the Honganji Sangha: A Handbook for Shinshū Followers

The Japanese version of this book, Shinshū no oshie to shūmon no ayumi (5th edition), was published as study material for the members of the Subdistrict Lay Committee (so montokai). The Subdistrict Lay Committee, which is composed of lay members who represent their temples located in the Subdistrict (so), is organized to discuss their activities and to help with the administrative matters of their Subdistrict for the purpose of the propagation of the Jōdo Shinshū teaching.

This book has been compiled so that it can be of help to the Subdistrict Lay Committee members in deepening their understanding of the meaning and roles of the committee. For these purposes, the topics selected for the contents of this book are: “What is the Dōbōkai Movement?,” “The Life of Our Spiritual Forebear Shinran Shōnin,” “The Teaching of Jōdo Shinshū—Learning through the Shōshinge,” “The Life of the Shinshū Followers—Preparing the Onaibutsu,” “The History of Our Shūmon,” and “The Dōbōkai Movement of Today,” along with some additional learning materials.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9995266-4-4
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: June 2020
  • 160 pages
  • 6” x 9” x 0.75”
  • Paperback

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

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.

  • Translator: Nobuo Haneda
  • ISBN: 978-0-615-65763-9
  • Price: US$12.00 – tax included
  • Published: September, 2014
  • 104 pages
  • 5.75” x 8.25” x 0.32”
  • Paperback

Service Book: Higashi Honganji

Service Book: Higashi Honganji is a new service book that covers most chantings and songs used at regular Sunday Services of the Higashi Honganji Buddhist temples in California and Hawaii. Compared to the previous book published in 2008, it has much bigger book size (U.S. Letter) with large print so that the texts are easier to see. It also has a brief guide to the services and etiquette for new comers to a Higashi Honganji temple.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9995266-0-6
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: February, 2018
  • 152 pages
  • 8” x 11″ x 0.375″ (U.S. Letter size)
  • Paperback

The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 1 (2nd Edition)

The Seeker: The Life Story of Shinran Shonin, Part 1 provides a vivid description of the young days of Shinran Shōnin (1173–1263), a Buddhist teacher deeply revered as the founder of Jōdo Shinshū (Shin Buddhism), spanning from his childhood to his early thirties. It depicts his childhood difficulties, his struggles for true enlightenment in the traditional 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 Shūso Shinran Shonin, Volume 1, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshū Ōtani-ha) Nanba Betsuin in Osaka, Japan.

  • ISBN:978-0-9995266-2-0
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: July 16, 2018
  • 104 pages
  • 6″ x 8.5″ x 0.25″
  • Paperback

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

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 the group of his teacher, Hōnen. 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 Shūso 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.

  • ISBN: 978-0-615-81955-6
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: June, 2013
  • 108 pages
  • 6″ x 8.5″ x 0.25″
  • Paperback

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

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, who is regarded as the “spiritual forebear” on the Shin Buddhist path.
While living in banishment, Shinran learned of the death of Hōnen, the teacher
who guided him to discover the essence of Buddhist teachings through 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 Shūso Shinran Shonin, Volume 3, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshū Ōtani-ha) Nanba Betsuin in Osaka, Japan.

  • ISBN: 978-0-692-36623-3
  • Price: US$10.00 – tax included
  • Published: March, 2015
  • 128 pages
  • 6″ x 8.5″ x 0.32″
  • Paperback

Footsteps Through History: The Story of Shinshū Ōtani-ha

Footsteps Through History: The Story of Shinshū Ōtani-ha is an English version of the Kyōdan no ayumi, a textbook on the history of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha (Higashi Honganji) for those who want to be a Kyōshi (fully ordained) priest of the denomination. It is recommended to be read with Shin Buddhist teachers such as at study classes at temples.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9995266-1-3
  • Price: US$18.00 – tax included
  • Published: June 2018
  • 152 pages
  • 6” x 9” x 0.375”
  • Paperback

Traditions of Shinshū Ōtani-ha: An Introduction to Its Rituals and Chanting

Traditions of Shinshū Ōtani-ha: An Introduction to Its Rituals and Chanting is one of the textbooks for training kyōshi priests (fully ordained priests) of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha (Higashi Honganji) denomination. The focus of this book is on the rituals, especially on the protocols for shōmyō (chanting), of the Shinshū Ōtani-ha.

  • ISBN: 978-0-9995266-3-7
  • Price: US$18.00 – tax included
  • Published: June 2019
  • 154 pages
  • 6” x 9” x 0.36”
  • Paperback