Shingon Temple in UK

Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Tue May 17, 2011 12:10 pm

Hello,

I was wondering whether anyone has heard about this Shingon Temple in England? http://www.shingonbuddhisttemple.com/index.htm

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby adept » Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:58 pm

I actually contacted them a few months ago but never heard anything back. The website looks as if it's been a couple of years since it was updated.
It does look a good setup but with the non-contact, I'm not sure if it's still active.
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:33 am

Thanks adept. Let us know if you get a reply.

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Mark.Yorkshire » Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:21 pm

I contacted these guys on numerous occasions over the last few months about what courses they run, as the link on there site does not work. Eventualy they sent me a weblink this morning and it directed me to a mail order Viagra site! They seem a bit suspect to me.
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby tktru » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:51 am

Mark.Yorkshire wrote:Eventualy they sent me a weblink this morning and it directed me to a mail order Viagra site!


A group of musical vikings once told me about that. I believe it was called spam (which might have possibly gone past its expiration date, if you catch my drift).
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby vairocanafollower » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:50 pm

If anyone is interested in finding a Shingon temple in UK, my dharma brother Tenjo Hopwood runs a temple that is temporarily hosted at the Sulla Lightship, located in Gloucester. For more info visit this link:

http://www.lightshiptherapies.net/BC/index.html

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby adept » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:11 pm

vairocanafollower wrote:If anyone is interested in finding a Shingon temple in UK, my dharma brother Tenjo Hopwood runs a temple that is temporarily hosted at the Sulla Lightship, located in Gloucester. For more info visit this link:

http://www.lightshiptherapies.net/BC/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(Hope I am not violating any rules. If I do, please feel free to remove this post, thank you for your understanding.)


Anyone know what happened to this temple ? Seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet. :shrug:
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:26 pm

The group is still up and running on the light ship according to Facebook. :smile:
https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterBudd ... re?fref=ts
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby adept » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:18 pm

Seishin wrote:The group is still up and running on the light ship according to Facebook. :smile:
https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterBudd ... re?fref=ts


Thanks Seishin.
Yes, I believe a Buddhist group is still running, but it's now a secular group and not Shingon.
Tenjo Hopwood has nothing to do with it. Not sure what happened. I'm just reading bits and pieces off the Facebook page.
A shame really. Shingon, and Tendai could do with some more representation here in the UK.
I was planning a visit to the temple at some point. It's a long way for me to travel, but to learn Shingon from a teacher may have been worth it.
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:20 pm

Why not contact them on their facebook page and see whether you could get in contact with Tenjo. He may still be teaching but just not have a web presence :shrug:

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seikyo » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:55 pm

Hi,

The shingon temple is alive and well in the UK
I am priest at the temple :namaste: . If you would like to know more, perhaps visit the temple (we did moved from the sula lightship) I would be most happy to help you.
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:36 pm

Cool. Where are you based now? :smile:

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby radus » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:45 am

Dear All,
The temple is running now in St Athan, close to Cardiff.
For more info, please do not hesitate to ask me.

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seiho » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:08 pm

Dear all

Just to clarify: the SULA Lightship in Gloucester and the Gloucester Buddhist Centre have no longer any association with Tenjo Hopwood and his group.
The Gloucester Buddhist Centre is supporting anybody who is interested in general Buddhism.

However, a new Dharma Centre based on true Shingon Buddhism on board the SULA will be announced shortly.
The purpose of the Centre is to promote traditional Shingon in the UK.

I will post more info shortly.

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seiho » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:28 pm

The Gloucester Buddhist Centre was established early 2012 on request of the local community on-board the SULA Lightship in Gloucester Docks in-between Llanthony bridge and the High-Orchard bridge. Over time, the Centre became a safe haven for many people who seek calmness and clarity in their hectic lives. In 2013 the centre became an official Shingon Buddhist Dharma Centre for the ‘Hoodie Monks’, an international group who aims to bring modern Buddhism to the younger generation and is linked to one of the biggest traditional Shingon temples in Japan.

What is the purpose of the Centre?
• We want to spread the life-changing tools of Buddhism.
• We want to provide education about Buddhism.
• To run workshops and meditation classes.
• To promote traditional Shingon Buddhism in the UK.
• To provide a home for the ‘Hoodie Monks’ in the UK

The Centre provides regular meditation classes, runs workshops, and provides a discussion platform for people who want to learn from each other.
On occasion, people are free to join-in with a typical traditional daily service.

We can be reached on (UK) 01452-527566
Looking forward to meet with anybody interested in traditional Shingon, or just want to learn about basic Buddhism!

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seishin » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:47 pm

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby tenjo » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:54 pm

Hi I am Tenjo, Sensei of the Uk Daikokuji Shingon Buddhist temple. We have three temple sites in the UK one in Bristol one in Wales, and one in ascot.
There are Eleven priests and a number of Deshi (monks) most of our priests were ordained in Japan as was I. We were ordained by sensei Eimei Kawakami who was first ordained in Hiroshima, and later at Koyasan. Sensei Eimei has temples in Japan, Korea, china, and the UK and Canada. there are some 7000 ordained priests worldwide. our overall mission is world peace. However we undertake daily Shingon mantra services and help in our local communities where we can.
Personally as part of my practice I work and specialise in acute mental health, working in a local mental hospital in Gloucester England. I work with anxiety and depression as well as psychosis. using mainly mindfulness meditation. this has been recognized as very helpful, especially with patients coming up for discharge back home. This is a very important element in my practice as a Shingon priest. Outside of hospital, I work privately in counselling and cognitive behavioral therapy. as well as covering energy therapies. As a working priest I perform Kaji healing and empowerment, as do some of our other priests here in England.
In 2011 I started the Gloucester Buddhist centre on board the Sula light ship, and as a temple left there in 2012.
My facebook is Tenjo Hopwood, and my email is kukai11@aol.com Our aim is to grow into the three previously mentioned sites and increase our numbers.
We have a reiki school where we seek to put Shingon mantra back in the centre of this healing system. Although undertaking other therapies and healing systems, we are centrally pure Kukai Shingon as handed down by our teacher sensei Eimei Kawakami. who achieved his learning from Koyasan.
My aim as head priest is to build a priesthood that will learn vital and effective skills in anxiety and depression management. who can then work in their local communities to help reduce these debilitating conditions. these skills have been tried and tested on acute mental health units to great effect, even having psychology departments referring in.
Anyone interested in joining us for this purpose, or just interested in becoming Deshi (monk) with a view to practicing Shingon Buddhism please contact me on the email above. As a lay member you can maintain your normal life along side this practice.
We have a very friendly and supportive shangha, and we look forward to welcoming many new people to our path and purpose.
Thanks
Tenjo sensei Kunimiyama Daikokuji England.
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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seiho » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:22 am

Just to clarify a line in Tenjo's latest posting:

Tenjo did not start the Gloucester Buddhist Centre.
It was started by it's current owners Seiho and Seiso on their lightship.
Tenjo was a teacher of the Centre for the first couple of months for which we thank him.

We wish him all the best with his endeavors.

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Seiho » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:52 pm

The Gloucester Buddhist Centre on board the SULA Lightship and the Hoodie Monks are excited to announce the start of regular Sangha meetings!!

Literally, Sangha means 'community' in its broadest sense. It is a group of like-minded people who discuss Buddhism and how to implement the teachings and tools in every day life in order to deal better with suffering.
These discussion will be rather informal and will encourage all of us to participate. The main principle is based on the fact we can all learn from each-other. By sharing thoughts and experiences during these events, we can see if these ideas can help us on our own path.
The main purpose of the Sangha is to share, support and to hold each-others hands whilst on our journeys. Nobody will tell you what to do, nor say what is right or wrong. That's the beauty of Buddhism: you pick the tools that work in your life and have the Sangha to share and discuss!

We are planning for two type of meetings: one will be a bi-weekly 2-hrs session on Thursday evenings starting at 7:30pm
The other meeting will be a monthly one on a Sunday, and although the concept of the whole day is still under development, it will be a nice and social day with lunch etc. These monthly meetings will allow people from further away to participate with our Sangha. We will keep you posted on these events!

The concept of the Thursday meetings will be as follows:
We will start with a grounding meditation, followed by a discussion session. The discussion topics will be different every time, and we encourage people to suggest topics so that we can help them with issues they might have.
After a short break with teas and coffee, we will do a typical traditional Shingon Buddhist ceremony for those who would like to participate.
Please note that although Seiho and Seiso, the owners of the Gloucester Buddhist Centre, are practising and promoting traditional Shingon Buddhism, you don't have to participate with the ceremony. We welcome ALL people interested in ANY form of Buddhism.

The Gloucester Buddhist Centre is an official Dharma Centre for the Hoodie Monks, an international group who is encouraging Buddhism to the youth by means of modern tools and we would love to see some youngsters being part of our Sangha as well.

Dates for the Thursday evening Sangha meetings:
19-12-2013 9-1-2014 23-1-2014 6-2-2014 20-2-2014

Dates for the Sunday Sangha meetings:
12-1-2014 23-2-2014 23-3-2014 27-4-2014 25-5-2014 22-6-2014 27-7-2014 24-8-2014 28-9-2014 26-10-2014 30-11-2014

The meetings are free, but we encourage people to donate to cover for the costs of the events and the Buddhist Centre.
It will be useful to let the Centre know upfront if you are planning to come over by callings us on 01452-527566 or email us using namaste@lightshiptherapies.net
You can follow us on Face-book for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterBuddhistCentre Note that you don't need to have a Facebook account to see this page.

We hope you are as enthusiastic as we are, and we are looking forward seeing you soon!

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Re: Shingon Temple in UK

Postby Jikan » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:17 pm

What's a hoodie monk?

What's a lightship?

Thanks!
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