|Ryosetsu Fujiwara Sensei|
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ryosetsu Fujiwara Sensei - my first guide in Jodo Shinshu teaching
More than 16 years ago, when I first met the Jodo Shinshu teaching, I was helped a lot by this teacher - Ryosetsu Fujiwara Sensei. He was already born in the Pure Land long before I came into contact with two of his wonderful booklets, A Standard of Shinshu Faith, and Shin Buddhism: The Teaching of Shinran Shonin. These books, and especially the first, were a turning point in my understanding of the basic doctrines of Jodo Shinshu and in becoming opened to Amida's salvation. At that time he acted as a true teacher, helping me to organize the information I had about Jodo Shinshu, and answering to some of the questions that arised in my mind. Also due to A Standard of Shinshu Faith I officially became aware of the existence of wrong views, as he added a list of them at the end of the book, under the name, "Examples of Unorthodox Faith in Shinshu". More than this, the idea of "Amida Buddha and His Pure Land being in our minds" was situated by him at the top list of heresies! This was extremely useful.
It is a pity that nowadays he is not so much promoted in the international sangha, but I will try my best to change the situation and I have already done a first step by publishing online the complete edition of his wonderful book, A Standard of Shinshu Faith (click here to download the pdf edition).
If there is someone among my readers who met Ryosetsu Fujiwara Sensei during his lifetime, I ask him (or her) to please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I would like to discuss some details with him and ask for some informations.
PS: There is almost no photo of him on the internet, so I created this low quality black and white pic from the cover of his book, The Way to Nirvana printed in 1974.