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The Development of Jodo Shu Teachings

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Honen Shonin was the founder of the Jodo Shu school. He studied for many years in the Tendai school at Mt. Hiei. He was trained in both the Sanmai and Sugiu lineages of Tendai. He also was exposed to nembutsu practices, and may have also been taught within the Ohara tradition.

Honen extensively studied Shan-tao's Commentary on the Meditation Sutra, which lead to his development of Nembutsu as the exclusive practice of his Pure Land school.

One of his best known disciples was Shinran Shonin, who considered himself a disciple of Honen until his death. The followers of Shinran later founded the Jodo Shin Shu school of Pure Land Buddhism.