considered that religious service should not be combined with eating
fish and meat and drinking alcohol.
the founder of Jodo Shinsu (True Pure Land), Rennyo Shonin is considered
the "second founder" of Shin Buddhism. Under his leadership
the Japanese Pure Land branch Hongan-ji, grew in size and power,
becoming a national organization with great wealth and influence.
Rennyo's success lay in conveying an attractive spiritual message
while exerting effective adminstrative control. As the book Rennyo
and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism describes, he was
a savy polititian as well as a religious leader who played a significant
role in political, economic and institutional developments and considered
one of the most influential persons in the histroy of Japanese religion.
In november 1473 he drew up a list of of eleven rules incumbent
to all monto, to all followers, which included prohibitions
against treating Buddhist and Shinto deaties with contempt, critizing
other schools, and engaging in any type of intolerant behaviour.
Beside they were cautioned not to try to convert people of other
sects or even proclaim their own belief openly. Another rule was
to refrain from eating fish and meat and drinking sake at religious
Whether Rennyo Shonin was vegetarian or vegan we do not know.
and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism, p. 55