With kakushinni as his model, dobbins demonstrates that in shin buddhism, early on, it was possible for a [end page 280] woman to assume a position of prime authority, and even that at first kakunyo designated his wife to be his first successor, although unfortunately she preceded him in death (p 93.
James c dobbins the biography of shinran: apotheosis of a japanese buddhist visionary sacred biographies, narrative accounts of figures who have exerted a profound influence on their religious tradition, are a phenomenon found in virtually all societies and cultures, both literate and not. During this period, hōnen read a pure land buddhist text called the commentaries on the amitayurdhyana sutra first is the nature of a single practice hōnen's emphasis on the single practice of nembutsu denied the usefulness of all other buddhist practices dobbins, james c (1989) jodo shinshu: shin buddhism in medieval japan.
Ikkō-ikki (一向一揆, ikkō-shū uprising) were rebellious or autonomous groups of people that were formed in several regions of japan in 15th-16th centuries backed up by the power of the jōdo shinshū sect of buddhism, they opposed the rule of governors or daimyō.
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This is the longest single essay that suzuki wrote in english on shin buddhism, the pure land tradition attributed to shinran (1173–1262) certainly, shin was the form of pure land buddhism with which suzuki had the greatest contact.