Akegaras Haya (暁烏 敏, 1877-1954) was a Shin Buddhist student of
Kiyozawa Manshi for a decade. Akegarasu was a former head of
administration of the Higashi Hongan-ji who was a major inspiration to
the formation of the Dobokai Movement.
In 1949, Akegarasu focused Shin practice in the direction of faith
alone, declaring in a statement to his disciples: "First shinjin,
second shinjin, third shinjin." This is basically the moment where
Dobokai became official, although the movement did not receive
official recognition until 1962. The early roots for the Dobokai
Movement faith movement began in 1947 as the shinjinsha, or, 'true
Akegarasu died August 27, 1954.
The earliest English translation of Akegarasu's writings can be found
in Selections From The Nippon Seishin Library, which Akegarasu
published in 1936 (translators Hata Taigan, Hanaoka Kimi, Imadate
Tosui and others). In 1977 to commemorate the centennial of
Akegarasu's birth, two ministers of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago who
were his direct students published their translations: The Fundamental
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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 72748837 LCCN: n82149066 GND: 1022670239 NDL: 00001132 SNAC: w6zj0d3b
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