River of Water, River of Fire: An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddhism

by Taitetsu Unno

Dr. Taitetsu Unno, a retired Professor of Religion of Smith College, and one of the leading authorities on Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu) in the West, illustrates the spiritual practice and philosophy of “Pure Land” Buddhism through his book, River of Water, River of Fire. Drawing upon his own personal experiences, such as the tragic suicide of his close friend as a youth, Dr. Unno explains to readers what Shin Buddhism is, in a manner that is very clear and accessible for those with little or no knowledge of “Pure Land” Buddhism.

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