When ST Paul left for his mission in foreign countries, he was instructed by Apostle Peter to spread the word. Apostle Paul went from country to country teaching. He ran into a problem. That is that other people had entrenched cultural values and traditions they where proud of.
As Christianity spread apostle Paul found he had to relate and meld into the pre existing culture. Apostle Peter didn’t understand this but Paul had incredible success. He respected the culture and traditions of these people.
Jodo Shin Shu is propagating Shinran’s teachings around the world. Japanese American frequently do not imitate their Japanese counter parts. As Shinshu spreads in The America’s and Europe, there are certain elements of Japanese culture that do not factor into the new societies adapting.
In Brazil, Reverend Mauricio Hondaku says: “We know that Buddhism officially arrived when our mission here in Brazil was established with Higashi Honganji in the ’50s, but even before that, local lay people started to build temples and asked Japan to send ministers. In 1952 we established the central administration here at Jodoshu Betsuin, the main temple in São Paolo. Today we have 27 temples in Brazil, one in Argentina, and another in Paraguay, and we just established a dojo—not a temple but a group of practitioners—in Colombia.”
During the 19th century, Japanese immigrants began arriving in Hawaii, the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America (especially in Brazil). Many immigrants to North America came from regions in which Jōdo Shinshū was predominant, and maintained their religious identity in their new country. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, the Buddhist Churches of America and the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (formerly Buddhist Churches of Canada) are several of the oldest Buddhist organizations outside of Asia. Jōdo Shinshū continues to remain relatively unknown outside the ethnic community because of the history of Japanese American and Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II, which caused many Shin temples to focus on rebuilding the Japanese-American Shin sangha rather than encourage outreach to non-Japanese. Today, many Shinshū temples outside Japan continue to have predominantly ethnic Japanese members, although interest in Buddhism and intermarriage contribute to a more diverse community. There are also active Jōdo Shinshū sanghas in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and Africa, with members of diverse ethnicities.