Edo period, dated 1838 / Book, woodblock print on paper

Hanpon woodblock print of the Kyōgyōshinshō. Shinran's (1173-1262) principal work, the Kyōgyōshinshō expounds the doctrine of the Jōdō Shinshū (The True Pure Land School) and is the key holy book of that sect. This condensed edition of the Meireki-period (1655-8) text was published by Nishi Hongan-ji, where its storage dates to the fifth year of the An'ei (1776). Typographical errors in the Meireki edition have been carried over into this edition. While Suzuki was acting as visiting professor at Colombia University in New York, he was requested by Shinshū Ōtani-ha to make an English language translation of the Kyōgyōshinshō. The above-pictured sample was sent to Suzuki to serve as a basis for his translation.

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