This course will next run from 13th November – 11th December (5 weeks) – read more and register here.

    Kiyozawa Manshi was a Buddhist reformer who lived in Japan from 1863 to 1901. He was a strong believer in the practical uses of Buddhism, and his own faith made it possible for him to remain steady and happy despite a life of great suffering. This short book of his essays covers friendship, religious conviction, how to live and more. We’ve imported the books from Japan and so they will be precious!!

    “A Japanese Buddhist reformer and educator of the Meiji period (1868-1912). A member of the Jodo Shinshu Higashi-Hongwanji school, he was ordained at an early age and educated at the school’s expense. A brilliant student, he specialized in philosophy and concentrated his own thought on elucidating the relationship between the contingent and the absolute. He credited three sources as having decisive influence in the formation of his thought: Shinran (1173-1262), Epictetus, and the early Buddhist Agamas. Based on this combination of influences, he followed Shinshu teaching in entrusting himself entirely to the compassion (karuna) and the vows of the Buddha Amitabha, but still led a rigorously ascetic life of reflection and study.”

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