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

Essential Shinran has the potential to dramatically increase Western appreciation of one of the largest, yet least understood forms of Buddhism. As such, the book ranks among the most important publications on Pure Land Buddhism of the past decade, valuable to scholars and Buddhist practitioners alike.”

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review[1]

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


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