A common misconception is that Shinran’s concept of “shinjin” refers to faith in a Western sense of the term, literalistic belief in doctrines and dogmas. This is not the case. In the words of Shinran, “Shinjin is none other than Buddha-nature.”
Coming to the realization that shinjin is none other than Buddha-nature is a freeing experience, as we are no longer expected to unquestioningly accept doctrines and dogmas. Instead, we simply say the Nembutsu as the outworking of Buddha-nature.