Currents of Change: American Buddhist Women Speak Out on Jodo Shinshu
By Rev. Patricia Kanaya Usuki; Institute of Buddhist Studies and Orange County Buddhist Church Buddhist Education Committee, 2007

In this bold and timely study, Patricia Kanaya Usuki, a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priest, allows the voices of American Buddhist women to be heard and their views on Jodo Shinshu to be clearly known. Through exhaustive research, surveys and interviews, she points out that women are aware of the stark contrast between the egalitarian teaching of Shinran and the male-dominant, culturally Japanese institution that continues to exist today. The challenge facing Jodo Shinshu in America, she offers, is to face the dynamics of change already taking place within it and embrace its “opportunity to reinterpret the Shin Buddhist doctrine in new ways that speak to contemporary people everywhere.”

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