Bloomingdale in Manhattan in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Shinran Shonin is the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Sect of Buddhism. He developed the doctrine that reveals the one unobstructed way through which we can receive salvation and Buddhahood. This teaching is the torch that lights the way and guides our footsteps through life. This inspiring statue depicts Shinran Shonin in his missionary travel robes, as he appeared through most of his life propagating the teaching.
The statue originally stood in Hiroshima at a site 2.5 kilometers northwest from the center of the first atomic bomb attack. Having survived the full force of the bomb, the statue was brought to New York in September of 1955 to be a testimonial to the atomic bomb devastation and a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.
Namu Amida Butsu
May 21, 1985 Jodo Shinshu Honganji-Ha
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1862.
Location. 40° 48.107′ N, 73° 58.219′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, New York, in New York Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 331 Riverside Drive, New York NY 10025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Shinran Shonin (here, next to this marker); Riverside Drive West 105th Street Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Franz Sigel Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); 352-353 Riverside Drive (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gershwin Family Residence (about 600 feet away); Victor Herbert (approx. 0.2 miles away); Humphrey DeForest Bogart (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hannah Arendt (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
Also see . . .
1. Shinran. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on April 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. A bronze statue that survived Hiroshima has a message for Riverside Drive. Ephemeral New York blog entry (Submitted on January 3, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 662 times since then and 151 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 8. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.