Recognizing the founder, seeing Amida Buddha: Kakunyo’s Hōon kōshiki

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With the production of a eulogy known as Hōon kōshiki and illustrated biographies known as the Shinran den’e, Kakunyo re-envisioned Shinran as the founder of a distinct religious community that would come to be called Jōdo Shinshū and redefined Shin Buddhist piety as gratitude toward Amida Buddha. This article examines the close organic relation between the Hōon kōshiki and Shinran den’e, reading the two texts side by side with attention to their performative dimensions and demonstrating how they transformed the memorial services for Shinran into an opportunity to recognize him as the founder and “see” him as Amida Buddha.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-205
Number of pages29
JournalJapanese Journal of Religious Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Hōon kōshiki
  • Jōdo shinshū
  • Kakunyo
  • Memorial services
  • Shinran
  • Shinran den’e

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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