Established by Honen Shonin in 1175, Jodo Shu is the first independent school of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. It follows the development of original Buddhism as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha. Over 800 years since the beginning of Jodo Shu, Honen's teachings still continue to develop and to constitute a part of our daily life. The nembutsu, "Namu Amida Butsu", is the simple recitation of "Homage to Amida Buddha" and the center of Jodo Shu practice and devotion. It can be done at any time or any place. It is the ideal way for us to embody the great compassion of Amida Buddha in our daily lives. We hope this Jodo Shu home page will be helpful to you in gaining a better understanding of Honen's teachings as well as our Jodo Shu activities, not only in Japan but in other parts of the world.
"When I attain Buddhahood, if all sentient beings in the ten directions, who aspire in all sincerity and faith to be born in my land and think of me even ten times, are not born there, then may I not attain supreme enlightenment."
-Dharmakara Bodhisattva's Eighteenth Original Vow fulfilled upon attainment as Amida Buddha
"Wherever the nembutsu is recited....regardless of who it is... I remain there."
-Honen Shonin Gyojoezu (Biography of Honen)