War, Unrest, Scandal: The Rise of Higashi Honganji

Who’d think a Jodo Shinshu book would elicit thoughts of “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That’s my feeling when reading, “Footsteps Through History, The Story of Shinshū Ōtani-ha.

This honest look at Shin Buddhism’s history through the lens of a Buddhist sect, Higashi Honganji (formally called Shinshū Ōtani-ha), shows how both institution and teachings were shaped through centuries beset by religious persecution, battles with samurai, social upheaval, civil war, world war, and even, personal scandals. Continue reading “War, Unrest, Scandal: The Rise of Higashi Honganji”

Akegarasu: Buddhist poet

His life could come from today’s headlines—controversial, charismatic and polarizing, with a life filled with tabloid worthy scandals. Rev. Haya Akegarasu (1877-1954) became a renowned Buddhist whose teachings were strongly influenced by Manshi Kiyozawa, whose own experiential approach modernized Jodo Shinshu. Akegarasu eventually held the top administrative post in the Higashi Honganji denomination. Continue reading “Akegarasu: Buddhist poet”