Yearbook Japan, 2019, vol. 48, pp. 197–227

DOI: 10.24411/0235-8182-2019-10009

The study of Shinran (1173–1263) and Shin-Buddhism in the English-language historiography

A.Yu. Gunskii

Abstract. The article is devoted to the history of studying the religious and philosophical heritage of Shinran, one of the reformers of Japanese Buddhism of the Kamakura period, in the English-language historiography. The article defines the main stages of development of English-language studies on Shinran, approaches, and major works, specific to each stage. For the present stage, the following types of research are defined: historical, philosophical works and translations of sources, comparative studies, historiographic studies.

Keywords: Japanese Buddhism, Shin-Buddhism, historiography of Buddhism, Orientalism, faith, shinjin, Shinran.

Author: Gunskii Aleksei Yu., St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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