Our history

Ven Ganshin at Mt Hiei

Some 20 years ago, an Englishman, Rev Ganshin, having studied and been ordained in Japan under Rev Prof Shoshin Ichishima, moved back to England. He founded the ‘Yakushi-do’, a small room in his private residence, first in Poole, and then later, in Romsey, where he held weekly meetings teaching Buddhist doctrine and meditation, as well as disseminating “The Teaching of Buddha” on behalf of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai.

On the 31st July 2013 Ganshin ordained Seishin Clark with the full support and blessings of Rev Prof Ichishima.

Sadly, Ganshin passed away on 1st September 2014, aged 88. As requested, and now under the tutelage of Rev Prof Ichishima, Seishin continued to lead the services and meditations.

After Ganshin’s passing, the Buddhist group met for a while in a rented hall in Romsey, but this proved too costly, as we do not charge anyone for meetings, relying solely on donations. So sadly, the meetings were temporarily cancelled, until a more suitable location could be found.

After a couple of years of searching, and not being able to find a cheaper alternative, Seishin built a small hut in his garden, which is now used for the groups’ meditations and talks, until a more suitable alternative can be found. This temple was given the name Shikan-Do by Ven Shoshin Ichishima, meaning ‘Hall of Shamatha & Vipashyana meditation’.

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