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Shinran (1173–1263)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G129-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Shinran lived in thirteenth-century Japan, an age of socio-political turmoil, when the old order represented by imperial rule, aristocratic culture and monastic Buddhism was in the process of internal disintegration, and a vibrant age of military clans, popular culture and new schools of Buddhism, appealing to the disenfranchised, was beginning to emerge. Although Shinran’s name is not found in the historical records of the period, he left many writings, including original works, commentaries, poetry and letters that contain religious and philosophical insights which had a great impact on subsequent Japanese life. His place in history was secured when in 1921 a collection of his wife’s letters, attesting to their relationship over the years, was discovered in the archives of Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto.

Citing this article:
Unno, Taitetsu. Shinran (1173–1263), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G129-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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