The Primal Vow & Nembutsu Path

Our sangha follows Jodo Shinshu (or Shin) Buddhism, which has been referred to as "blue collar" Buddhism and the practice-less practice. Our sect is non-monastic and geared toward everyday experiences and families.


Our temple follows Jodo Shinshu (also known as Shin) Buddhism, a sect in the Pureland stream of Mahayana Buddhism. Shin was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173 - 1263 CE) in Japan during the Kamakura period. Today, Shin is the largest Buddhist sect in Japan with 10 schools and approximately 25 million adherents. Our head temple is Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto Japan, and we are affiliated with Buddhist Churches of America.


Teaching: Jodo Shinshu,

True Essence of PureLand Buddhist Teaching

Founder: Shinran Shonin

Date of birth: May 21, 1173

Date of death: January 16, 1263

Name of School: Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha

Head Temple: Ryukoku-zan Hongwanji (Nishi Hongwanji)

Object of Reverence: Amida Tathagata (Namo Amida Butsu)


The Three Pure Land Sutras delivered by Shakyamuni Buddha

  • Bussetsu Muryoju Kyo – The Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life

  • Bussetsu Kammuryoju Kyo – The Sutra of Contemplation of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life

  • Bussetsu Amida Kyo The Sutra on Amida Buddha

Shinran Shonin’s writings

  • Shoshin Nembutsuge Hymn of True Entrusting Heart and the Nembutsu, excerpt from the “Chapter on Practice” of Kyogyoshinsho

  • Jodo Wasan Hymns of the Pure Land

  • Koso Wasan Hymns of the Pure Land Masters

  • Shozomatsu Wasan Hymns of the Dharma-Ages

Rennyo Shonin’s Gobunsho Letters

Teaching: Attaining the “entrusting heart”—awakening to the compassion of Amida Tathagata (Buddha) through the working of the Primal Vow—we shall walk the path of life reciting Amida’s Name (Nembutsu).  At the end of life, we will be re-born in the Pure Land whence we came and attain Buddhahood, returning at once to this delusional world to guide people to awakening.

Way of Life: Guided by the teaching of Shinran Shonin, we shall listen to the compassionate calling of Amida Tathagata and recite the Nembutsu.  While always reflecting on ourselves, amidst our feelings of regret and joy, we shall live expressing our gratitude without depending on petitionary prayer and superstition.

Purpose: The Hongwanji is a community of people joined together in revering the teaching of Shinran Shonin and saying the Nembutsu.  We seek to share with others the wisdom and compassion of Amida Tathagata.  By doing so, we shall work toward the realization of a society in which everyone is able to live a life of spiritual fulfillment.

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