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.
The Tendai Shu (天台宗) is a school of Japanese Buddhism that is over 1200 years old. It was founded by Saicho (Dengyo Daishi 伝教大師) after he had travelled to China to bring back the Lotus Sutra teachings of the T’ien-t’ai School in 805CE. Based on the Ekayana principle found in the Lotus Sutra, the Tendai School utilises a wide range of practices, such as prostrations, meditation, chanting, shomyo, esoteric and pureland practices, in order to bring people to enlightenment. At our Romsey group, we try to bring many of these practices to people in an accessible way so that we may all benefit from the Tendai teachings.
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