In AD583, Buddhism was introduced from Korea to Japan at a time when Buddhism existed in order for the imperial family and the aristocracy to pray for the peace of the nation and their prosperity. Hounen (1133-1212) and Shinran (1173-1262) changed Japanese Buddhism to a religion for the common people. Hounen and Shinran, a play produced by the Zenshinza Company, describes the life of these priests and the creation of a modern day following of Jodo (Hounen) that numbers in the six millions, ...

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