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Matsuura Shunkai

The Reverend Matsuura Shunkai Kanshu was born in Kyoto in 1934. After graduating from the University of Ryukoku, he practiced for a long time in Myanmar. He belongs to the Buddhist School Ritsu (Chinese Lu).
He has been the Abbot of the Mibudera Temple since 1969 and also has the role of 85th Abbot of the Tōshōdai-ji Temple in Nara. He is the Honorable Director of the Ganjin Gakuin School in China and the General Director in the "Mibu Nursing Home for the Elderly" in Kyoto.

He wrote and published: "The Comments of Dainenbutsu Kiogen of Mibu" and "Buddhism and the Art of Theater- Mibu Kyogen".

Teacher Shinnyo in the Mibudera Temple in Kyoto with Matsuura Shukai and Nomura Yukihiro - October 2008

Mibudera Temple Site

Mase Gikō

Gikō Mase was born in Japan in 1943. He is a Soto School Zen monk in the lineage of Renpo Niwa Zenji, Abbot of Eihei-ji. He lived seven years in Bangkok during his education. Gikō-san is already the Abbot of the Kogen-ji Temple in Toyama and continues to exercise his activity in various temples throughout Tokyo.

Hayashi Seidō

The Reverend Seidō Hayashi was born in Japan in 1953 where he graduated in Buddhist Studies from the University of Komazawa. Zen monk to the Soto School and Abbot of the Seiran-ji Temple in Tokyo and has received the Dharma Transmission, Shiho, from Teacher Renpo Niwa Zenji Abbot of Eihei-ji.

Ono Tetsushi

Born in 1975 in the Yamahuchi Prefect. Upon receiving his high school diploma, he enrolled in the Department of Buddhist Studies at University of Komazawa in Tokyo. After participating in an Ango at Eihei-ji Daihozan in April 1999 he enrolled in the Sōtō Shu Research Center, a specialization school for teachers, and finished at the top of his class three years later. Since 2002 he has been hired as Yakusō, an administrator, in the Shinpuku-ji in the Yamaguchi Prefect. In this same year, he was hired as a teacher for the Hannya Shingyō course at the Cultural Center during the day of Chūgoku Shinbun at the Daijō-ji Monastery. In 2005 he received the appointment of Koshi, Dharma teacher, always in the Monastery of Daijō-ji. In 2006, he took the role of Kansu, or Vicar, at Zenpuku-ji where he later became the Abbot in 2011.
During his training he wrote numerous theses, among them: "The relationship between body posture and the orthodontic order in Zen Practice", published in 2004 in Kyoka Kenshu Kiyo magazine N.48 and "The relationship between eyes and Zazen", published in the same year in N.49.

Ono Roshi camem to Shinnyo-ji Temple:
- In September 2005 for the Judkai Ceremony as the Jisha, assistant to Rev. Ryushin Azuma Roshi Abbot of Daijō-ji;
- In December 2008 as a participant in the morning Zazenkai;
- In September 2010 for the Jukai Ceremony as the Jisha, assistant to Rev. Ryushin Azuma Roshi Abbot of Daijō-ji.


Fujiwara Shinkō


The monk Shinkō Fujiwara was born in Japan in 1981. After finishing high school, he has studied at a Daio-ji Soto Zen Monastery since 2004. After returning to his family's temple, he continued his education with his Teacher and father, Kosei Fujiwara, Abbot of the Kinso-ji Temple in Ueda until becoming the Vice-Abbot of Kinso-ji.
In the summers of 2004 and 2005, Shinkō san and Teacher Shinnyo practiced together at the Daijo-ji Temple under the guidance of Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi.


Teacher Shinnyo with Shinkō san, his wife and daughter
in the Daijo-ji Monastery in August 2012

Shinkō-san stayed in Florence for three months, he came to the Shinnyo-ji Temple from the end of September to the end of December 2006, as an assignment from Reverend Ryushin Azuma Roshi, Abbot of the Daijo-ji Temple in Kanazawa, Japan.

Teacher Shinnyo and Shinkō san at Daijo-ji in Summer 2004

Upon his return to Japan, Ryushin Azuma Roshi asked Shinkō-san for a report about his stay at Shinnyo-ji, it was published in the March 2007 bulletin in the Daijo-ji Monastery.

Daijo-ji Dayori n. 96 March 2007

Genryū Tamura

Born in Sanjō in the Niigata Prefecture (Northwest Japan) in 1980 and raised in a family within a Sōtōshū School Buddhist Temple.
After having finished high school, he enrolled in the Department of Buddhism at the University of Komazawa in Tokyo, with a major in Zen Buddhism.
During his school years, he did the first Ango for two months at the Sōji-ji Monastery, one of the two main Temples of the Sōtōshū School.

Upon graduation, he worked for a private company in his hometown for three years, and from October 2006 and December 2008 he followed education for monks at the Daijo-ji Monastery.
He is currently the Vice Abbot of the Beisen-ji Temple, where his Teacher, who is also his father, is currently the Abbot. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering in his region.
Interesting: The Founder of the Beisen-ji Temple was Mugaku Guzen Daioshō (1733-1829), who was also the 43rd Abbot of the Daijo-ji Monastery. There has been a very strong connection between these two monasteries ever since ancient times.
At Daijo-ji, Genryū san studied along with Teacher Shinnyo, who had practiced there for years prior, and in their meeting they felt great devotion and through their extraordinary efforts in far away and diverse countries. They both aim to transmit and diffuse the Buddha's Way in the most appropriate way possible in our time and are still friend to this day. In summer 2011 Genryu san was visiting Shinnyo-ji and on his return he published an account of his visit to the Bulletin of the Monastery of Daijō-ji n. 109.

Pagli Paolo

Paolo Pagli is a professor of Foundations of Mathematics at the University of Siena. The "discovery" of haiku dates back to high school, and since then they have been a part of his world view. In the intervening decades continued to seek and follow the (weak) trace translations of Japanese poetry, haiku and tanka, in Italian. In this line of interest was published a few years ago La rana di Bashō. Un haiku e cento anni di traduzioni italiane, ETS, Pisa, 2006.


Haiku e altro. Bibliografia italiana cronologica sulla poesia giapponese, Siena (2012).

Approfondimento su La rana di Bashō. Un haiku e cento anni di traduzioni italiane.

Serata di Zazen e poesia haiku a Shinnyo-ji con il prof. Paolo Pagli.

Tollini Aldo

Specialized in Classic Japanese language which he teaches at teh University of Venice "Ca' Foscari". He has been interested in Japanese Buddhism since his youth, particularly Zen. Along with practice, he started a study of Zen texts and also dedicated to the Current translation, he continues to study and translate texts by Teacher Dōgen and relative to Zen culture during the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods.

Testi estratti dall'ultimo libro, "Lo Zen. Scuola, storie, testi.", Einaudi (2012).


Nomura Yukihiro

Born in Kyoto in 1961. He studies Italian Art History at the University of Tohoku and at the University of Siena. He has been organizing artistic groups "Genso-koubo" (the vision workshop) since 1994, he is active in many artistic fields: video art, art criticism, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design and installation. In 1966, he won the "Theater Arts Prize" for his article on Butoh (Japanese contemporary dance) entitled: "Tatsumi Hijikata and Japanese Art".

In 2002 he won the "Kirin Art Award for his video, "Music in Place". In 2005, he attended the International Contemporary Art Show, "Yokohama Tri-annual". He is a full-time professor for the Education Department at the University of Gifu where he teaches Art History, and directs and organizes the "Art Forum", presentations about artwork, performances and debated amongst artists.

The article by Prof. Nomura Yokihiro can be found in Ekizen n.13 - Statues by sculptor Enkū (1632- 1695)

Meeting with Teacher Ryushin Azuma Roshi with Teacher Shinnyo's Japanese friends: Yukihiro Nomura. Sensei with mother Koyuki and Takeshi Matsushima Sensei- April 2007

Teacher Shinnyo in the Mibudera Temple in Kyoto with Matsuura Shukai and Nomura Yukihiro - October 2008