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 email@example.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.
Tenjo sensei Kunimiyama Daikokuji England.