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Rev. Kemmyo Taira Sato has provided us with a comprehensive approach to the Tannisho which has not only been a major text for Jodo Shinshu Pure land faith, but also a classic of Japanese literature. He draws on his association with Dr. D.T. Suzuki as well as his personal religious experience to interpret the subtle nuances of the writing. The Tannisho is a text with great appeal to modern people beyond the Hongwanji institution but also outside of Japan with its focus on personal faith and the significant role of the relationship of the teacher and disciple in spiritual development. The author sets the text on the background of Pure Land Buddhist history in Japan. Rev. Sato has contributed greatly to the further clarification of what is distinctive about Shinran's faith, as a modern faith with its potentiality to liberate the ego from its entanglements with the modern world, as well as presenting the faith as universal and open to all. --Dr. Alfred Bloom, Professor Emeritus, Unversity of Hawaii

About the Author

Reverend Kemmyo Taira Sato, born in Kyushu, Japan, in 1939, graduated from Kyoto University, and studied with D.T. Suzuki, becoming his last disciple. After a career as university professor, he resigned to undergoing training and lead a religious life at his master's temple in Kyushu. At age fifty-three, he arrived in Britain with his wife Hiroko to serve as Director of the Three Wheels Buddhist community, London. He is also currently a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), and a Member of the Board of Directors, The Buddhist Society, London. Reverend Sato recently received the Japan Society Award for his work in promoting UK-Japan relations.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: American Buddhist Study Center Press; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976459477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976459477
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Greenberg on January 3, 2014
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Loved this study of The Tannisho.Clear, insightful,scholarly,and very thought provoking.As a Dharma instructor I'm always looking for interesting new materials for talks and classes.I will definitely come back to this book repeatedly. Shoju
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