organisation that is now known as CHOMON HOUSE first
opened its doors as a place for training and practice
in the ways of Tai Chi and Buddhist Meditation on the
14th February 1996.
2012 Chomon House resident Gary Robinson (pic left)
traveled to Kyoto in Japan to undergo training with
Nishi Hongwanji and became ordained as Rev Daichi
Gary's interest in Japanese Buddhism came about through
the study and practice of the Chinese martial art of
Following illness in the early 1990's he himself
benefited from the therapeutic properties of Chi Kung
and Tai Chi and began teaching it to others on a one
to one basis in 1995. Please click on the links above and below for details on how to arrange tuition with Daichi Gary in the Chomon House Dojo.
ground floor of Chomon House consists of two large separate rooms. One is used exclusively as a Tai Chi training room (Dojo) and
the other is a Hondo (Buddha room) that is used exclusively for Meditation and other Buddhist studies including meetings of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK every Thursday 8.00pm - 10.00pm.
DAILY - AMIDA BUDDHA SERVICE: 11am, 3pm and 7pm.
|In 2014, and organised by Chomon House and the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK, the 17th European Shin Buddhist Conference came to Southampton and was held in the UK for only the second time in its 38-year history. Next, in August 2016, ESC18 took place in Antwerp in Belgium - and since then it has been decided that the ESC will come to Southampton again in 2018!
Back in 2014 the main venue for the four day ESC17 was the Solent University Conference Centre in Above Bar Street. Since then this area has been redeveloped to become the city's new Cultural Quarter, and this redevelopment involved the constructing of a magnificent new conference centre in an impressive new building called 'the Spark' which is now located alongside the Solent University main East Park Terrace campus.
ESC19 logo - in the
style of a Japanese 'seal'.
Most of the 80+ ESC17 conference attendees took advantage of a special discount deal that Chomon House negotiated with the Jury's Inn hotel. Jury's Inn is just a few minutes' walk from the Spark building and we hope to negotiate a similar deal this time around. We can now also recommend the cheaper Premier Inn hotel which is even closer to the Spark building.
For the time being links to sites of interest are indicated by underlined text (as above), but as the countdown to ESC19 continues this section of the website will expand into a full blown subsite that will publish all important details as and when they can be confirmed; and we can begin by announcing that the theme of ESC19 shall be "Jodo Shinshu in the 21st Century".