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Tenrai Ryushin Azuma Roshi

72th Abbot of the Daijo-ji Monastery di in Kanazawa, Japan.

Iten Shinnyo's Teacher lives in Kanazawa, Japan- Hishikawa Prefecture- in the Daijo-ji Temple.

As Abbot of the Monastery and Teacher of Temple Instructions, he regularly holds Teisho, discussions on the Dharma to monks in training and to lay people. Every Sunday many people con to the Temple to practice Zazen and receive Instruction.

He is renown in all of Japan as one of the greatest researchers of the Zen Soto School fundamental texts, the Shōbōgenzō by Eihei Dōgen Zenji that he diffuses in his Teisho with deep awareness and faith.

Translation of the writing on the lower part of the picture taken May 11th, 2007.

He has been a Member of the Soji-ji Monastery Council since March 30th, 2006. On April 5th 2006 he was named Gondai Kyosei, which is the second highest grade in the Sotoshu Hierarchy, inferior only by the Zenji degree, a title reserved to the Abbot of the Eihei-ji and Soji-ji Monasteries. There are more than 20,000 members of the Japanese Sotoshu Zen School and only 30 followers have reached the Gondai Kyosei rank.
On June 5th 2006 he received authorization to wear the violet-blue Kesa symbolizing the Gondai Kyosei rank.

2013 In the ancient Tōkōzan Temple of Daijōj, he founded the Sekai Zen Senta - WZC ( World Zen Center) with the purpose of unifying the Teaching and the Practice of Zen within one Universal Center (Sangha) where anyone, irrespective of creed, age, political beliefs and gender can practice and study Zen.

2008 Nominated President of the Sōtōshū Sanzendojo Association, of which more than seven hundred Japanese Sōtō Zen Temples belong.

2008 He organized the 700th Anniversary of the death of Tettsu Gikai Zenji, Founder of the Daijo-ji Monastery, planning the restoration for the Monastery building and preparations for Commemorative celebrations.

2003 Named Dōchō (Teacher of Instruction in a training monastery) at the Daijō-ji Monastery.

2002 Named the 72nd Abbot of the Daijō-ji Monastery in Kanazawa.

2001 Council Member of University of Komazawa.

1995-2002 Provost of the Women's University for Buddhist Studies in Komazawa.

1996-2002 President of the Japanese Association for Buddhist Studies: Nihon Bukkyōgakkai.

1996-2002 President of the Association for Indian Buddhist Studies in Japan: "Nihon Indogaku Bukkyōgakkai" Japanese Society for Indian Studies.

1995 Received the prize "Tokyo to Korosha kyoiku bumon" from the Tokyo Prefecture on Education, for whom they have dedicated a lifetime of youth education.

1987 Ph.D Doctorate in Research in Buddhist Literature from University of Komazawa.

1969 Received the prize from the Association of Indian Buddhist Studies in Japan: "Nihon Indogaku Bukkyōgakkai".

1965 Published "Studies on Kanjin-in hon Denkōroku" and later published many books on Buddhist themes.

1964 Received the Shihō (Passage of the Dharma) from Rev. Matsumoto Ryūtan Roshi, 68th Abbot of the Daijō-ji Monastery in Kanazawa.

1962 Completed Masters in Buddhist Studies from the University of Komazawa.

1960 Graduated in Zen Buddhist Studies from the Buddhist Studies at the University of Komazawa.

1954-1955 Practiced in the Sōtō Zen School of Sōji-ji.

1935 Born in Kyoto in a Shingon School Temple.

The Teacher's second visit to Shinnyo-ji in September 2010.

During the Teacher's visit, he presided at the Jukai Ceremony. (link to monograph).

The Reverend Azuma Docho Roshi at Shinnyo-ji

September 26th, 2010

Jukai at Shinnyo-ji (Also available in PDF).

Jukai Ceremony

September 26th, 2010

Moments from the Ceremony taken by Pierluigi (Also available in PDF).

The Teacher's first visit to Shinnyo-ji in September 2005: pictures and more information

The Teacher visited Shinnyo-ji in September 2005 to officiate the Jukai ceremony and to ordain the first Italian Bodhisattvas in his Lineage. Through Shinnyo's training, which she returns to Daijo-ji every year to continue her education, the Sangha follows with careful attention and love.

Buddhism and Islam

September 20th, 2005

Reverend Ryushin Azuma Roshi's meeting with Elzir Izzeddin, Imàm from the Mosque in Via Ghibellina in Florence.

Second meeting with Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi at Shinnyo-ji

September 19, 2005

Zazen and Teaching by Teacher Maestro Ryushin Azuma Roshi at Shinnyo-ji during his visit to Florence.

Jukai Ceremony at Shinnyo-ji

September 18, 2005

Bodhisattva Ordination of four practitioners of Shinnyo-ji. A violin concert followed the Jukai by teacher Alfredo Benedetti who played a selection from Bach.

Show "Oriental Art" - Pictures by Filippo Zolesi

September 17th, 2005

The Reverend Ryushin Azuma Roshi presided Shinnyo-ji's presentation at Oriental Art giving a speech on the connection between Zen and the Martial Arts.

Milano visit in Soto Shu

September 16, 2005

Meeting at the Soto Shu branch of Milan between Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi and the Reverend Genshu Imamura Roshi Kaikyosokan for Europe.

First meeting by Maestro Ryushin Azuma Roshi at Shinnyo-ji

September 15th, 2005

Zazen and Teaching by Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi at Shinnyo-ji during his visit to Florence. (see more).

Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi at the Academia Gallery

September 15th, 2005

Visit to the Gallery guided by friend Cristina Valenti.

Reverend Ryushin Azuma Roshi at San Miniato al Monte

September 15th, 2005

Visit to the San Miniato al Monte church.

The birth of Shinnyo-ji

Daijo-ji - Wooden table with calligraphy writing by Reverend Azuma Roshi


Wooden Table with writing by Reverend Azuma Roshi wrote Shinnyo-ji in calligraphy.