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Unlocking Tannisho: Shinran's Words on the Pure Land Path

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Tannisho (Lamenting the Deviations) is a beloved classic text of Pure Land Buddhism that points the way to real happiness. As a record of the words of the extraordinary Japanese Buddhist monk Shinran, who lived some 800 years ago, Tannisho has become the mainstay of the Japanese spirit. Hundreds of commentaries have been published on the meaning of Tannisho, but Unlocking ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Ichimannendo Publishing Inc
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Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
I'm a relative newcomer to the concepts of Buddhism (and to close readings of texts) and am finding the Pure Land variation to be refreshingly simple yet complex.

"Unlocking Tannisho" is a clear, concise and beautifully written book,
wonderfully translated. As is the case with most Japanese writings I've read, this book can be simultaneously thought-provoking, surprising, amusing and lyrical. It's full of pithy little expressions like "Living in a world such as this is like dancing on a live vol
Here is a book that was originally "not meant for the eyes of everyone", and so I appreciate the in-depth explanation of what I may have otherwise never been introduced to, but something's left me a little confused.

Shinran, on whose teachings the Tannisho is based, states that the more clearly he sees his lack of a joyful mind, the more deeply he rejoices in his salvation.

Now, I understand the security in his faith is enough that he doesn't yearn for death in order to reach heaven and its rewa
Frank Costelloe
This is commentary and explanation on the 700-year-old Pure Land Buddhist text "Tannisho."
In Japan Tannisho is widely read and appreciated for the teaching of the monk, Shinran, but also its terseness and flowing writing style.
After Tannisho was made public again in the last century (it had been kept under lock and key for several centuries as per the instructions of the monk Rennyo for fear of people with little knowledge of Pure Land Buddhism misinterpreting it.) Since Tannisho was released to
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I also think this book is awesome!!!
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I have dedicated my life to faithfully conveying the teachings of Shinran (1173-1263), the founder of True Pure Land Buddhism. I have lectured throughout Japan and worldwide on Buddhism for more than sixty years. I am the author of several bestselling titles in Japanese and the chair of the Buddhist organization Jodo Shinshu Shinrankai.

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