The founder Shinran Shonin
, who lived in the 12th century Japan, revealed this teaching for the sake of all human beings in suffering. The teaching resonated with many people regardless of social status.
In its almost 800-year history, Jodo Shinshu has become the most widespread form of Buddhism in Japan. This tradition came to Hawaii and North America in the late 19th century and was sustained initially by Japanese immigrant families. It has grown to include more than 100 temples in the Canada and and the United States. The congregation is also changing and has become more racially diverse.