DOJO. The largest room on the ground floor of Chomon House is set up to function on a day to day basis as a Tai Chi and Chi Kung training room (Dojo). Following a serious illness in the early 1990's Gary's recovery was enormously aided by the therapeutic properties of Chi Kung and Tai Chi and he began teaching it to others on a one to one basis in 1996. Please click/tap here on the links above and below for details on how to arrange one-on-one tuition.
BUDDHA ROOM. The second room on the ground floor of Chomon House is a Hondo (Buddha Shrine Room). This space is set aside for meetings of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK which take place there every Thursday 8.00pm - 10.00pm - and other Buddhist practices and studies, as and when necessary. A program of events planned will be posted to this site soon - and published in in the winter 2018 and spring 2019 issues of our Journal, Pure Land Notes.
SEMINAR ROOM. The Dojo has been designed and fitted so that it can be quickly adapted to a function as fully equipped classroom (computer screen, power-point, wipe board etc) that accommodates up to ten participants; all sat on stools and not on the floor!
PURE LAND NOTES. Since 2008, Chomon House has published a widely (world-widely!) distributed quarterly Shin Buddhist journal called Pure Land Notes. Duein no small part to the consistency and continuity of its engagement in the transmission and indeed introduction of Shin Buddhism to the UK in around 1977, PLN has evolved to become a meeting place for those unable to attend our Thursday night 'core-group' gatherings at Chomon House. Those that subscribe to the journal represent the vast majority of the membership of the SBFUK. Please click/tap here on the links above and below for details
OVERNIGHT GUESTS. Hidden away behind a screen in the corner of the Dojo there are two single beds that can be flipped down for overnight stays for those that may have traveled great distances to attend any of our Buddhist meetings and events. Furthermore, one of the rooms on the second floor of Chomon House is furnished to be a self-contained guest room suitable for overnight or longer stays. And finally, a bed settee in the upstairs office can be opened up to sleep two more if necessary and thus, Chomon House can accommodate a up to five overnight guests at any one time.
Starting 1st Feb 2018: The second run of the acclaimed Chomon House Shoshinge Study Distance Learning Program with guided chanting practice through audio downloads and personal email. The same course can be followed in person with Rev Daichi and the Chomon House home group every other Thursday night, using the seminar room for study and the Buddha room for practice.
Gary Robinson began teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung in 1996. At first he rented rooms and taught groups, but when he became disillusioned with this 'general' approach, as if one size fits all, he began to develop a 'home-dojo' where he could meet with student individually, privately and in comfortable, conducive and familiar surroundings. When he moved house in 2003 he brought the home-dojo with him to Chomon House and has continued to met there with students ever since.
In 2012 Chomon House resident Gary Robinson became a ordained as Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priest and given the title and name Reverend Daichi by the Nishi Hongwanji organization in Kyoto, Japan. Following this, Chomon House was given the honor of organizing the 17th biennial European Shin Buddhist Conference. To coincide with this significant event Chomon House became designated as the national H.Q. of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK.