The Seeker - The Life Story of Shinran Shonin Part III

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The final volume of The Seeker series.  It vividly depicts the last half of the life of Shinran, a prominent Buddhist priest of the 13th century in Japan, who is regarded as the "spiritual forebear" on the Shin Buddhist path.

While living in a remote area in banishment, Shinran learned of the death of Honen, the teacher who guided him to discover the essence of the Buddhist teachings, the sole practice of the Nenbutsu.  Heartbroken at loss, Shinran decided not to return to Kyoto, but instead moved to a new place in search of better Buddhist resources to deepen the understanding of Honen's teaching.

While the Nenbutsu teaching was gradually taking root among local people, the opposition from old Buddhist schools and government crackdown against the Nenbutsu Sangha intensified again.  Although he confronted many kinds of challenges from both inside and outside of the Sangha, Shinran's determination to carry on the torch of his late teacher's teaching never wavered...

This book is the English version of the popular graphic novel Manga Shinran Shonin, Volume 3, which was originally published in Japanese by the Higashi Honganji (Shinshu Otani-ha) Nanba Betsuin in Osaka, Japan.  The story is based on the latest academic research on Shinran's life as well as on the long-held tradition.