The Seeker

The Life Story of Shinran Shonin
Part 3


  • 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

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.

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