Note) We've heard that several such funds have been launched. Although only the fund by Rev. Ishikawa is introduced here, we want to cherish all good intentions. For example, there is another one launched by a daughter of Rev. Hara for rebuilding the temple. See https://gofund.me/ce1dc05e . (31-Aug)
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.)
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).
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: 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.