Shoshin Ge: The Gatha of True Faith in the Nembutsu

S$69.00

Shoshin Ge: The Gatha of True Faith in the Nembutsu

S$69.00

Title: Shoshin Ge: The Gatha of True Faith in the Nembutsu

Author: Daien Fugen (trans.)

Publisher: Ryukoku Translation Center, Kyoto, 1962. 2nd edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with slipcase. Very good. Tanning to slipcase and slight foxing to endpapers, some fading to cover. Text clean, binding tight. Vol 1 of the Ryukoku Translation Series. In Chinese characters, with Japanese transliteration and English. Includes extensive footnotes and glossary.

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Description

About the book (from Wikipedia):

The Shōshinge (正信偈?) or The Hymn of True Faith was written by the founder of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism, Shinran. It consists of an outline of the Pure Land teaching according to Shinran’s personal interpretation. The structure is as follows:

Homage to Amida
Adoration to Amida and Shakyamuni Buddhas
Exhortation to take refuge in Amida
Teachings of the Patriarchs:

Nagarjuna
Vasubandhu
Tanluan
Daochao
Shandao
Genshin
Hōnen

Exhortation

The Shōshinge is followed by six verses from Shinran’s Sanjō Wasan. The first six verses of the Jōdo Wasan (浄土和讃) section of the Sanjō Wasan (based on Donran’s San Amida Butsu Ge), are most frequently used but traditional temples work their way through the whole Sanjō Wasan on an annual basis. In the past Hongan-ji temples chanted the Shōshinge and Wasan daily at 6am, but some Jōdo Shinshū temples now reserve the Shōshinge for special holidays due to its length. The Shōshinge can take up to 30 minutes to chant in its entirety.