International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies 国際真宗学会
The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS) was founded in 1982 with the objective of developing Shin and Pure Land Buddhist Studies and facilitating exchange of views and information among its members. It is the only worldwide organization focused on Jōdo Shinshū and Pure Land Buddhist studies.
Members are scholars and academics, priests and laypersons affiliated with the Jōdo, Jōdo Shinshū, and other Pure Land Buddhist traditions as well as scholars with an interest in Buddhist studies and religious studies more generally. The IASBS welcomes participation of those with wide range of interests and specialization within and beyond Pure Land Buddhism.
IASBS annually publishes The Pure Land, an academic journal in English that contains articles, essays, translations, and book reviews. This is the only scholarly journal specifically dedicated to the study of Pure Land Buddhism. The association also publishes a newsletter twice a year, in the spring and fall.
The IASBS is divided into the following international districts: