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Alfred Bloom is a pioneer of Jodo Shinshu studies in the English-speaking world. Born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1926 Bloom was the youngest child of a Jewish father. At the time of Alfred Bloom’s birth, his mother had been a recent convert to a fundamentalist tradition of Christianity. After enlisting in the army 1944, Bloom studied Japanese at the University of Pennsylvania and saw service in occupied Japan. His experiences at the time encouraged an awareness of human rights and social justice. During this time he also played a role in promoting fundamentalist Christianity and encountered the concept of Amida Buddha when a Christian minister explained a passage from the Christian scriptures by using Amida Buddha by way of analogy.

Bloom began his academic life at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (BA., Th.B.) from 1947 to 1951. During this time he began to question and then to abandon the fundamentalist approach to the Bible which he had previously held. He completed his theological training at Andover Newton Theological School (B.D., S.T.M.) in 1953. He later encountered the teachings of Shinran while studying Japanese language and (Chinese) Buddhism at the Harvard Yenching Institute and gained his Doctorate with a thesis on Shinran’s Life and Thought in 1963.

From 1959 to 1961 Bloom was Proctor for Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, and Teaching Fellow in History of Religion, Harvard Divinity School. For a time, in 1961, he was lecturer in the History of religion at Newton Junior College.

From 1961 to 1970, Professor Bloom was Associate Professor of Religion, Department of religion at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. Continuing his work at Manoa, he eventually took up the post of Professor of Religion there in 1974. From 1986 to 1988 he was on loan to the Institute of Buddhist studies, Berkeley, California, and became Dean, Honganji Professor of Shin Buddhism.

During his life as a thinker, educator and Jodo Shinshu priest, Dr Bloom has inspired others to explore the teaching of Shinran and has brought renewed insight and encouragement to some traditional followers. Perhaps his distinctive contribution has been to draw out, from Shinran’s writing and the Jodo Shinshu tradition, important possibilities in relation to engaged Buddhism.

Bloom has written a vast number of reviews and articles for academic and scholarly journals, and contributed many introductions and reviews of the work of fellow scholars.

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Total Books: 10
A Life of Serendipity Blown by the Wind of Amida's Vow
2008 - A Life of Serendipity Blown By the Wind of Amida's Vow (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780976459415
ISBN-10: 0976459418
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The Essential Shinran A Buddhist Path of True Entrusting
2007 - The Essential Shinran a Buddhist Path of True Entrusting (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933316215
ISBN-10: 1933316217
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Living in Amida's Universal Vow  Essays on Shin Buddhism
2004 - Living in Amida's Universal Vow Essays on Shin Buddhism [Perennial Philosophy Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780941532549
ISBN-10: 0941532542
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Religion  Man Indian and Far Eastern Religious Traditions
1998 - Religion Man Indian and Far Eastern Religious Traditions (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780073661544
ISBN-10: 0073661546
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Strategies for Modern Living
1993 - Strategies for Modern Living (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780962561818
ISBN-10: 0962561819
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Tannisho A Resource for Modern Living
1981 - Tannisho a Resource for Modern Living (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780938474005
ISBN-10: 0938474006
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Religion and Man Indian and Far Eastren Religious Traditions
1972 - Religion and Man Indian and Far Eastren Religious Traditions [Religion and man] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780060404482
ISBN-10: 0060404485
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace
1965 - Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace [Monographs of the Association for Asian Studies, No 20] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816504053
ISBN-10: 0816504059
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Shoshinge The Heart of Shin Buddhism
Shoshinge the Heart of Shin Buddhism (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780938474067
ISBN-10: 0938474065
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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