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(also called Shakkū, Zenshin; 1173–1262), Japanese monk, considered the founder of the True Pure Land School (Jōdo shinshū; Japan: III, 5). Shinran was born to a family in Hino near Kyoto. At the age of nine, he traveled to Mount Hiei, the center of Buddhist learning (Monasteries: III), where he was ordained by the renowned priest Jien (1155–1225) and studied the teachings of Tendai Shū. He served as a simple temple priest at the Jōgyō-dō, a temple dedicated to the cult of Amitābh…

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Kleine, Christoph, “Shinran”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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