7 Higashi Honganji
Beatrice Lane Suzuki † [+]
Beatrice Lane Suzuki (1878-1939) was a very well informed and sensitive expositor of Mahāyāna Buddhism and the American wife of the well-known Zen Buddhist Suzuki Daisetsu. She lived in Japan for many years and came to know the leading temple centres of various Buddhist schools - especially in Kyōto and Kamakura - very well.
In this chapter, the author focuses on the Honganji branch in Buddhism and how they split in the 16th century, when the abbot Shinran Shōnin abdicated his position and founded a new temple.