For our first two-part episode, we’re going to discuss the Ikkō Ikki, a militant insurrection of believers in the faith of Jōdo Shinshu, or True Pure Land Buddhism. We’ll discuss the rise of the movement to political and military prominence during the Sengoku Era in this week’s episode; next week, we’ll discuss its decline and fall.
Listen to the episode here.
Tsang, Carol Richmond. War and Faith: The Ikkō Ikki in Late Muromachi Japan.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan, Volume II: 1337-1615
A translation of the letters of Rennyo for those of you interested in a more in-depth look at the religion of Jōdo Shinshu.
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