Shinran Shonin, founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism used a classic 4-line poetic structure to offer accessible and understandable Pure Land messages to everyday people in Japan during that era. In this deep study course, Rev Ellen explores Shinran’s extensive collection of Wasans written in his final years. Rev Ellen will focus on the few select Wasans that are chanted in current day Shin Buddhist Services.

Your Instructor

Rev. Ellen Crane


Ordained Shin Buddhist at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan, a trained attorney, former schoolteacher, and avid outdoor enthusiast. Ellen was born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition and left the temple for 25 years before re-immersing into Buddhism. Recently earned a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies.