‘The Promise of a Sacred World: Shinran’s Teaching of Other Power’ by Nagapriya – facilitated by Kaspa at the temple and Satya on Zoom. Register by 12th March 2023. Meetings on Sundays 5pm – 6pm UK time for 10 weeks – 26th Mar, 2nd Apr, 9th Apr, 16th Apr, 23rd Apr, 7th May, 14th May, 28th May, 4th June, 11th June.
Shinran (1173–1263) is one of the most important thinkers of Japanese Buddhist history and is regarded as the founder of its largest sect, the True Pure Land School (Jodo Shinshu). Nagapriya brings alive for a contemporary audience Shinran’s perspective on ‘Other Power’ as embodied in the myth of Amida Buddha and the Pure Land scriptures.
“Nagapriya not only accurately captures the heart of Shinran’s spirituality and teachings, but conveys it in ways that are novel and easy to understand.” –Kenneth K. Tanaka, Professor Emeritus, Musashino University, Tokyo; Past President, International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies; author of The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine
“An astonishing, highly poetic, magical, mystical, personal, emotional, and even confessional encounter with Shinran, which strikes a brilliantly fresh note.” –Galen Amstutz, Adjunct Instructor, Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
“This is a remarkable book that presents a clear overview of the core points in Shinran’s teaching, well grounded in original sources and in the broader context of Pure Land Buddhism.” –Caroline Brazier is a priest in the Jodo Shinshu tradition, a psychotherapist, and the author of seven books on Buddhism and therapy.
Nagapriya was born in the UK in 1969. While studying for a philosophy degree, he began practising with the Triratna Buddhist Community and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1992. He later studied for a master’s degree in the history of religions. Since 2013 Nagapriya has been living in Mexico, where he is chair of the Cuernavaca Buddhist Centre.