Rennyo Shōnin, the 8th generation leader of Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhist tradition), is revered for his great achievement as the “Second Founder” in the eight-hundred-year history of the Hongwanji. When he became the spiritual head of the Hongwanji during a very turbulent period in Japan. Rennyo transmitted, in an easily under-stood manner, the path of being spiritually liberated according to Amida Buddha’s deep wish, and the nembutsu taught by the Founder Shinran Shōnin. Because of Rennyo’s energetic propagation carried on through his life, the teaching of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism spread throughout the country and became the foundation for the Hongwanji today. In this course, we will learn about the life of Rennyo and his propagation methods, which may provide some insight into the American Shinshū community today.