The Essential Shinran

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The Essential Shinran: A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting
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Author Alfred Bloom
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biography
Publisher World Wisdom
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 272 pages
ISBN 978-1-933316-21-5
OCLC 71369089
294.3/926 22
LC Class BQ8749 .S55213 2007

The Essential Shinran: A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting is a compilation of passages from the writings and life story of Shinran Shonin. Shinran, who wrote during the Kamakura Period, was a Japanese monk who founded Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, which eventually became the largest Buddhist sect in Japan.

The book (complied by Alfred Bloom, with a foreword by Ruben L.F. Habito) is divided into three major sections:

  • Shinran’s Life and Legacy
  • What Do We Know of Shinran in the Ancient Sources?
  • Shinran Interprets Pure Land Teaching.

The book is an attempt to bring Pure Land Buddhism to the attention of a Western audience.

The book received the Silver (2nd) Book of the Year Award in the Religion category (2007) from ForeWord Magazine.[2]


  1. ^ Essential and Pure
  2. ^ ForeWord Book of the Year Award Winners