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Live OTSUTOME with Zoom will be held on February 23rd/24th!New!
Let's Nembutsu together using "Zoom."

Date and Time in UTC+9 (Tokyo time)
Feb 23, 24:00-24:45 (= Feb 24, 0:00-0:45 a.m.)
For details, see the announcement here.
(Date/Time near your city will be found there.)
• If you want a notification mail from us one hour before the start, please send an e-mail to admin[at-sign]rinkaian.jp.New!



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To You Who is Bereaved of a Loved One (Apr 2019)

A Letter from a Reader (May 2019)

On-line Kikyoshiki (Buddhist Initiation Ceremony) - Introduction (Nov 2018)

Pure Land Life (Journal) (May 2019)


References by Jodo Shu Research Institute

If you want to develop a better knowledge about Jodo-shu, these references will be of much help to you. They are excellently solid and diligent works! ...in spite of their poor page layout :-(

(Some of them may include advanced or specialized research topics.)


0. Preface

Rin-Kai-An (literally 'forest-ocean-hermitage' in Chinese characters; pronounced "link-eye-an") is a temple devoted to "Jodo-shu" or Pure Land Buddhism, also called Honen Buddhism, a branch of Buddhism founded in the 12th century. Rinkaian itself was established in 2002 for missions of Jodo-shu, and is now located in Tama City, which is in the west area of Tokyo.

Although our web site currently does not provide much English content, you can download Daily service texts or the like from the downloads page, some of which are linked to YouTube videos.

Moreover, Jodo-shu's official site may help you learn about Honen Buddhism, the founder "Honen" himself, or Buddhism in general.

If you have any questions, you can contact us via any one of several means (including social media and e-mail).

From 'Hōjō' Kasahara

Hi. My name is Taijun Kasahara. Please call me "Hojo-san" (pronounced like "haw-jaw-san") or just "Kasahara-san," my family name.

I hope this site will show you the way of "easy practice" of Buddhism, o-Nembutsu ("o" is a prefix expressing respectfulness toward Nembutsu) and help you learn Honen/Pure land Buddhism in an authentic way.

Your requests and questions are welcome, and I hope to expand this site by conversing and communicating with everyone. Please don't hesitate to contact us. I'd be happ to hear from you any time.

Note: The job title of Kasahara was changed and now he is ex-'Jushoku' (ex-Head Priest). Sometimes Japanese people friendlily call such an elderly priest as "Hojo-san," in which hojo literally means a room or a hut with an area of about nine square meters, and in turn, mainly refers to a buddhist priest living in such a simple house.