Jodo Shinshu Books

It wasn't long ago, that if you wanted to know more about Pure Land Buddhism, your choices were limited. Local bookstores carried only a handful of "Buddhist" titles.

Today, the Buddhist book business has changed. Visit a bookseller, either at a mall or online and you will find a wide selection of books with Buddhist themes.

For Pure Land Buddhists, it is only recently that a selection of books written for Western readers have become available. One of the first Jodo Shinshu-specific books that was written in English is the classic, "Ocean" by Kenneth Tanaka. While others were penned, they were originally written in Japanese or another Asian language and then translated.

Only in the last few years, Jodo Shinshu Buddhists are able to find titles specially relating to the sect.

Authors like Caroline and David Brazier, Alfred Bloom and Jeff Wilson are writing books for Western readers.

The most recent release to North America is from the Monshu Koshin Ohtani. Ohtani is the head of Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. Though originally written in Japanese, "The Buddha's Wish for the World" headlines a list of new books available to lift your knowledge of the Buddha's teachings.

While these may not be available at your local bookseller, you can purchase most of the titles online.

We hope the recent influx of books is due to demand and that many North Americans have discovered the Pure Land path and wish to read more.