NASU Eisho

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NASU Eisho
Ryukoku University
Faculty of Letters,Department of Shin Buddhism
Job title
Ph.D.(博士)(Graduate Theological Union), M.A.(修士)(Graduate Theological Union), 修士(文学)(Ryukoku University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2009
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Ryukoku University
Sep 2005
Aug 2009
Assistant Professor, Hongwanji Professor of Jodo Shinshu Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
May 2007
Mar 2009
Core Doctoral Faculty, Graduate Theological Union
Sep 1999
Aug 2005
Assistant Professor, Yoshitaka Tamai Professor of Jodo Shinshu Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Sep 1997
Aug 1999
Assistant Professor, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Jun 1996
Mar 1998
Visiting Scholar, Department of East Asian Languages, University of California, Berkeley
Sep 1996
Aug 1997
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Buddhist Studies


Sep 1990
May 1996
Doctoral Program in Cultural and Historical Study of Religions, Cultural and Historical Study of Religions, Graduate Theological Union
Apr 1986
Mar 1991
Doctoral Program in Shin Buddhist Studies, Graduate School of Letters, Ryukoku Uinveristy
Sep 1988
May 1990
M.A. Program in Buddhist Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union
Apr 1983
Mar 1986
M.A. Program inShin Buddhist Studies, Graduate School of Letters, Ryukoku Uinveristy
Apr 1979
Mar 1983
English and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

Committee Memberships

Sep 2019
Japanese Asspciation for Religious Studies  Board of Trustees
Jun 2019
Shinshu Rengo Gakkai  Board of Trustees
May 2019
International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies  Board of Trustees
Nov 2016
Japan Association of Religion and Ethics  Board of Trustees
Nov 2009
Research Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University  Exective Board Member

Published Papers

“Sometimes Secrets Are Leaked”: The Fraught Social Relationships of Medieval Buddhist Priests as Seen in the Ima monogatari (Tales of the Present)
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The Journal of Ryukoku University   (490) 10-25   Nov 2017   [Refereed]
The Multi-layered Worldview of a Medieval Japanese Priest as Told in the Shijū hyakuinnen shū (Hundred Tales of Buddhism Collected Personally)
NASU Eisho
Journal of Shin Buddhist Studies   (137・138合併号) 107-124   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
A European Myōkōnin and His Non-antithetical Thought: Brief Notes on the Life of Rev. Harry Pieper
NASU Eisho
Journal of Shin Buddhist Studies   (133) 1-15   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Conducting and Evaluating Interfaith Education: Understanding Its Significance from an International Perspective
NASU Eisho
Journal of Kyoto Graduate Union of Religious Studies   (10) 32-35   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
NASU Eisho
Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies   63(2) 39-46   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
Social Consciousness of the Followers of Sole Practice of Nembutsu (senju nembutsu) in Medieval Japan: The Significance of Hymns of Expelling Seven Hardships
NASU Eisho
The Journal of Ryukoku University   483 9-25   Mar 2014   [Refereed]
Jōdo Shinshū’s Doctrinal Reflection on the Possibility of Children Attaining Birth in the Pure Land (shōni ōjō)
NASU Eisho
Journal of Shin Buddhist Studies   (129・130合併号) 23-36   Mar 2014   [Refereed]
NASU Eisho
Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies   61(1) 63-69   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
Religious Views of Contemporary American Buddhists and Challenges Facing the Transmission of Jōdo Shinshū in the U.S.: Learning from the Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
NASU Eisho
Journal of Shin Buddhist Studies   (123・124合併号) 23-43   Mar 2011   [Refereed]
Awakening in Dream: The Pure Land Buddhist Practice of Dream Meditation in Medieval Japan
NASU Eisho
Memory and Imagination: Essays and Explorations in Buddhist Thought and Culture (Nagata Bunshōdō)   73-89   Jun 2010   [Invited]


NASU Eisho
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (      Mar 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
NASU Eisho
Journal of Religion in Japan   6(3) 281-285   Mar 2018   [Invited]
A Study of the Gemaben (How to Liberate Evil Spirits) by Seijōsai Seigai
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90 209-202   Mar 2017
NASU Eisho
Journal of Religious Studies, Japanese Association for Religious Studies   89(1) 100-104   Jun 2015   [Invited]
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Journal of Religious Studies (Suppl.), Japanese Association for Religious Studies   88( 139-145   Mar 2015

Books etc

The Buddhism of the Present-day Japan and the Female
NASU Eisho (Part:Joint Editor)
Hozokan   Mar 2019   ISBN:978-4-8318-6016-3
The Dawn of Buddhist Missionary Documents in English
NAKANISHI Naoki, NASU Eisho, DAKE Mitsuya, Eds. (Part:Joint Editor)
Hōzōkan   Jan 2018   ISBN:9784831855534
Collected Works of Myōkōnin Studies
KIKUFUJI Amimichi (Part:Contributor, European Myōkōnin and His "Non-antithetical" Thought: Brief Notes on the Life of Rev. Harry Pieper, p. 649-664)
Hōzōkan   Oct 2016   ISBN:9784831823557
Memory and Imagination: Essays and Explorations in Buddhist Thought and Culture
Dr. Ronald Y. Nakasone Festschrift Committee, Ed. (Part:Joint Editor, Managing Editor)
Nagata Bunshōdō   Jun 2010   ISBN:978-4-8162-1138-6
Discourse and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism
NASU Eisho (Part:Contributor, Rely on the Meaning, Not the Words: Shinran’s Methodology and Strategy for Reading Scriptures and Writing the Kyōgyōshinshō)
Routledge, London   May 2006   ISBN:0415544459
The Rhinoceros Horn : The Propagation of Jōdo Shinshū to the World
MATSUMOTO David, KAWASOE Taishin, NASU Eisho, Eds. (Part:Joint Editor)
Nagata Bunshōdō   Nov 2005   ISBN:9784816262036
Engaged Pure Land Buddhism: Challenges Facing Jōdo Shinshū in the Contemporary World
Kenneth K. Tanaka and Eisho Nasu (Eds.) (Part:Joint Editor)
WisdomOcean Publications   1998   ISBN:0-9658062-1-9

Conference Activities & Talks

Pure Land as “Real Existence” and Pure Land as an “Imaginary Concept”: Early Modern Buddhist Soteriology as Reflected in Japanese Christian’s Doctrinal Texts
NASU Eisho
Nihon Buddhist Research Association   31 Aug 2019   
Genshin’s Development of a Method for Contemplating Amida’s Byakugō and Its Influence on Japanese Pure Land Practice
NASU Eisho
The 19th Biennial Meeting of the Internatiおnal Association of Shin Buddhist Studies   25 May 2019   International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies
Karmic Evil (悪業 akugō), Sin, Suffering, and Predestination: A Shin-Buddhist Perspective [Invited]
NASU Eisho
Shin-Buddhist, Muslim, Christian Trialogue, No. 2   13 Jul 2017   Muenster University, Georgetown University, and Ryukoku University Center for Asian Buddhist Cultures
Discarding Self to Benefit Others Alone: Genshin’s Reformulation of Bodhicitta as Selfless”Great Compassion
NASU Eisho
18th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies   2 Jul 2017   International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies
Relativizing the Monotheistic Discourses of Creation: Two Buddhists’ Views [Invited]
NASU Eisho
nternational Symposium on Shin Buddhism, Christianity, Islam: Conversations in Comparative Theology   16 Feb 2017   Ryukoku University, Center for Buddhist Culture in Asia

Social Contribution

Karmic Evil, Amida’s Directing of Virtue, and Their Moral Implications in Shin Buddhist Faith and Practice
[Lecturer]  Buddhist Study Center and Ryukoku Universituy  BSC-Ryukoku Lecture  7 Mar 2019
Genshin's Dialogical Hermeneutics to the Tendai Pure Land Buddhism and His Influence to the Formation of Shinran's Thought
[Lecturer]  Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California  IBS-Ryukoku Lecture  (Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California)  7 Mar 2016 - 9 Mar 2016
Shinran and Farming Communities in Eastern Japan
[Lecturer]  Institute of Buddhist Studies  Buddhism and Agriculture: 2016 IBS Winter Symposium  3 Mar 2016
The Variety of Shinran's Expressions of shinjin ('Entrusting Mind'): Understanding the Working of Buddha-Nature in Everyday Living
[Lecturer]  EKO-Haus der Japanischen Kultur, Düsseldorf, Germany  Seminar der Gemeinschaft der europäischen Shin-Buddhisten  23 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012