Priests in Europe

UK

Some 20 years ago the late Rev Ganshin Rock (Ten’ei Ganshin Koji 天英巌真居士), having studied and been ordained in Japan under Rev Prof Shoshin Ichishima, moved back to England to bring Tendai Buddhism to the UK. He found the Yakushi-do in his private residence where he held weekly meetings as well as disseminating “The Teaching of Buddha” on behalf of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai. On the 31st July 2013 Ganshin ordained Rev Seishin Clark with the blessings of Rev Prof Ichishima. Sadly, Ganshin passed away on 1st September 2014, aged 88. As requested and under the tutelage of Rev Prof Ichishima, Rev Seishin now leads the services and meditations. Recently, Seishin joined SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) as a faith representative to bring Buddhism to schools across Hampshire.

If you’d like to contact Rev Seishin or the UK sangha please email tendai.uk@talktalk.net

 

Italy

Rev Seiun Fushin started his journey as a Buddhist at the age of 17 when he approached some centres of Gelugpa and Soto-Shu tradition in Italy. 

In 1999 Japan he started his novitiate as Yamabushi in the Shugendo tradition “the Path of Buddhism of the Mountains”. After several years he was ordained by Daisendatsu Rev. Shimazu Koike.

In 2002 he met Rev Ichishima Shoshin of Tendai-shu and became his personal disciple, receiving his ordination in 2004. Rev Seiun Fushin is still engaged in the study of the practice and teachings of The Tendai school with his Master.

Rev Seiun Fushin was ordained Bikkhu according to the monastic Theravada Vinaya in Sri Lanka by Master Rev Akmimana Dhammapala Maha Thero.

He collaborates with other monks of diverse traditions to promote the Buddhayana philosophy, that acknowledges the Three Vehicles and the different traditions as manifestations of the Unique Vehicle that is the Buddha.

For years he has been working on the establishment of a small mountain temple in the Dolomiti mountains, province of Trento, Northern Italy. Rev Ichishima Shoshin gave the name of Tenryuzanji to this temple, located in the green heart of Tesino, open to all traditions of Buddha-Dharma. Tenryuzanji temple hosts religious events according to the Buddhist calendar, meditation rites, working sessions, mountain trekking and studies.

Monk Seiun Fushin carries out his religious activity and his teaching with meditation groups and courses in Buddhism for groups, institutions, associations. He offers his voluntary work in hospitals and jails.

He is also an acknowledged teacher of antique martial arts.

For contacts: fushin.seiunbo@gmail.com

 

 Denmark

Reverend Shomon Pia Trans was born in Denmark in 1964. She lives with her husband and children at the Danish Dharma Centre, just north of Copenhagen.

Rev. Shomon completed her Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies at Sunderland University in 2007, studying under Professor Peter Harvey. The year before that, in 2006, she took Doshu Tokudo with Monshin Paul Naamon, jushoku of Jiunzan Tendai-ji, the temple of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, and Secretary General of the Tendai-shu North America District.

In 2010 she, along with five other monks who were all trained at the Tendai Buddhist Institute, received Soryo ordination. Thirty Japanese monks travelled to Caanan, NY to take part in the ordination ceremony on Saturday, October 23, 2010. It was officiated by Ven. Komori Shukei, envoy from the headquarters temple of the Tendai sect located on Mt. Hiei near Kyoto.

Since the summer of 2000, Rev. Shomon has conducted weekly meditation services, retreats and introductory courses, first at her private residence and later, from May 2006, at the Danish Tendai Dharma Centre. She oversees the activities in the local Tendai-groups all over Denmark, and often travels to teach, perform services and ceremonies. She also runs a blog, and supports and participates in the online Danish Tendai eSangha

You can contact Rev. Shomon at shomon@tendai.dk

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