Shinran Shonin (1173-1262)
Monday 16th February was the 750th anniversary of Shinran's death. Shinran was probably the most important of Honen's disciples and his teachings have led to the largest Pureland school - Jodo Shin Shu.
What is distinctive about Shinran's teaching is that he believed his liberation came as a gift from Amida Buddha. Shinran's practice of nembutsu was an expression of gratitude for that liberation, rather than an attempt to get liberation.
In our evening service last night I reflected on Shinran's life, and on some of these themes. Listen to the talk here: