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Jodo Shinshu, also known in English as “Shin Buddhism,” is usually identified as the most popular denomination of Buddhism in Japan. Based on the teachings of Shinran (1173-1263), it arose as part of the “New Buddhism” of the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), which included Zen and Nichiren Buddhism as well as other Pure Land sects — the mainstream for Japanese Buddhists.

James C. Dobbins’ “Jodo Shinshu” explores the development of Shin Buddhism from its origins as a scattered and often persecuted popular movement into one of the most powerful sects of Buddhism.

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