ESC19 LOGO [logoonly.jpg 19th European Shin Buddhist Conference
20th - 24th August 2018




In this Shin Buddhist Ceremony, performed before the alter of Amida Buddha and Shinran Shonin, one takes the important step of affirming one's reverence for the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and ones determination to tread the path to Buddhahood.

Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu/Pure Land) it is the Buddhist path of great compassion clarified by Shinran Shonin. Shinran Shonin teaches that Sakyamuni appeared in this world in order to reveal the Vow of Amida Buddha to save all beings; it is the salvation of all people by Amida Buddha that is Sakyamuni's fundamental teaching.

The Confirmation Ceremony in Shin Buddhism, therefore, shares a common meaning with the precept of the three refuges administered in the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, but it also has a special meaning. In the Confirmation Ceremony, the Buddha of the three refuges is not simply Sakyamuni, but refers especially to Amida Buddha who is at the heart of Sakyamuni's teachings.

Sakyamuni came into the world to teach the Vow of Amida Buddha, and our salvation is brought about by Amida. Thus, "Dharma" is the teaching of Amida's compassionate working to save all beings, and "Sangha" refers to the people that have entrusted themselves to Amida.

Since there are no precepts in Shin Buddhism, instead of receiving the precepts of the three treasures, one participates in the Confirmation Ceremony.

On participating in the Confirmation Ceremony, one receives a Buddhist name (homyo). These names are in the form of "Shaku" which means "disciple of Sakyamuni", and this is followed by a name/homyo made up of two syllables which are normally taken from a Jodo Shinshu sutra or chant. The Kikyoshiki Ceremony 'confirms' that the individual has joined the followers of the teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha, a community that transcends race and nationality.

- IABC Support Grant -

As a part of its ongoing support of the members of large or small Shin Sanha's across the whole of Europe, the IABC generously offers these individuals a support grant to cover up to 50% of the travel and accommodation costs to those who would like to attend ESC19 and participate in in the Kikyoshiki Ceremony.

Grant Application Forms for completion and submission to the IABC in Kyoto, Japan will be made available as a download from this website on 16th March 2018, and the deadline for applications will be 16th April 2018.

The Kikyoshiki Ceremony is rarely performed outside of Japan and so its occurrence at ESC19 does provide a truly wonderful opportunity for the individuals of the various nationalities and cultures in Europe to become embraced, as one, by Amida Buddha's Universal Vow and unconditional love, regardless of moral or economic status, race, gender, belief, intellectual capacity or age.


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The very low cost of registration for attendance of the four days of ESC19 presentations and associated special events reflects the considerable fiscal support given to the event by the International Association of Shin Buddhist Culture.

The organizers also sincerely thank Nish Hongwanji, our mother temple in Kyoto, Japan for their support of this event, including their hosting of a very special Gala Meal that will take place on the last day of the conference in the prestigious Whitebeam Suit, adjoining the Atrium of the Southampton Solent University Conference Centre, all housed within their stunning new flag-ship building known as ‘the Spark’.

Though it has not yet been officially confirmed, the organizers do most sincerely hope that the 24th Zenmon-sama of Nishi Hongwanji, Ohtani Koshin (Dharma Name: Shaku Sokunyo) will honor us with his acceptance of our invitation to be our very special guest at various ESC19 events.

ESC19 LOGO [logoonly.jpg 19th European Shin Buddhist Conference
20th - 24th August 2018