The tablet reads:
Shinran Shonin is the founder of the Jodo Shinsu sect of Buddhism. He developed the doctrine that reveals the one unobstructed way through which we can receive salvation and Buddhahood. This teaching is the torch that lights the way and guides our footsteps through life. This inspiring statue depicts Shinran Shonin in his missionary travel robes, as he appeared through most his life propagating the teaching.
The statue originally stood in Hiroshima at a site 2.5 killometers northwest from the center of the first atomic bomb attack. Having survived the full force of the bomb the statue was brought to New York in September of 1955 to be a testimonial to the atomic bomb devastation and a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.
Namu Amida Butsu, Jodo Shinsu Honganji-Ha, May 21, 1985