Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson is an ordained minister in the Hongwanji-ha tradition of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and a professor of religious studies and East Asian studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. He is the author of Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness, among other books.

Recent Articles

Excerpt: Sangha of Boundless Life, by Jeff Wilson

An excerpt from Jeff Wilson's new book, "Living Nembutsu: Applying Shinran’s Radically Engaged Buddhism in Life and Society" — reviewed in the Summer 2023 issue of Buddhadharma.

Queering Shinran

Jeff Wilson on what one medieval monk can teach us about creating inclusive communities today.

Asian American and Black Buddhist Teachers Reflect on Racial Solidarity

Three Asian American and Black Buddhist teachers reflect on healing, solidarity, and how Buddhists of color can work together for greater racial justice.

Amida Buddha Welcomes All Refugees

Jeff Wilson explains how the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism emerged from the refugee experiences of its two Japanese founders.

The Path of Gratitude

The goal of Shin Buddhism’s central practice, nembutsu, is not to attain buddhahood for ourselves, says Jeff Wilson, but to express gratitude for all we have received.

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Commentary: Why I’m Not Attending Conferences in the USA

After the Muslim ban was instituted, Buddhist scholar and priest Jeff Wilson vowed to renounce his attendance at conferences in the USA. As a society, he says, it is imperative that we stop hiding behind borders.

Buddhism and Sexuality: It’s Complicated

Jeff Wilson reviews "Sexuality in Classical South Asian Buddhism" by José Ignacio Cabezón.

Why Buddhist Communities Should Include Children

Jodo Shinsu minister Jeff Wilson on why teaching children the dharma is genuine bodhisattva work.

What is a Buddha-Realm?

Jeff Wilson explores the profound concept of buddha-realms in various Buddhist traditions, where awakened beings exist in a purified sphere reflecting their enlightened reality.

A Successful Subculture

James Wilson discusses how Zen Buddhism in America has shifted from a counterculture religion to a institutionalized normality.