Denshinji - Institution and Temple - Blois - France


Shôkôzan Denshinji Buddhist Institution is a Buddhist Temple and a religious community in the Soto Zen tradition of Mahayana Buddhism lineage ("Great Vehicle").

The Institution has been founded in Blois - France - in 1992 by Zen-master Kengan D. Robert. Registered as an Association in conformity with the relevant Law of 1901, this Institution is a member of Union Bouddhiste de France — UBF (French Buddhist Federation)

Shôkôzan Denshinji Temple is a member of the Japanese Religious Federation SÔTÔ-SHÛ  (Japanese Federation of religious organizations of temples and monasteries as well as zen-masters in the doctrinal lineage of zen-master Dogen) which is the authority of the Soto lineage in Zen Buddhism tradition.

Shôkôzan Denshinji Temple's spiritual Founder is Venerable Shûyû Narita (1914 - 2004) who consecrated the Temple in 1994. The present Abbot is zen-master Kengan D. Robert who became zen-master Shûyû Narita's doctrinal heir after the decease of Venerable Taisen Deshimaru who introduced Zen practice in Europe. Kengan D. Robert is a master of the teachings and a Zen Buddhism missionary named by Sôtô-shû.

Shôkôzan Denshinji Institution's purpose is the study and, above all, the practice of Shakyamuni Buddha's Teachings within the Soto Zen tradition transmitted in Japan in 1225 by zen-master Dôgen and zen-master Keizan.

The main practice is the "Collecting of one's mind in sitting position" (jap.: zazen) which zen-master Dôgen named « Just sitting ! » (jap.: shikantaza).

Since March 2006, Denshinji - Centre Zen Martinique and Denshinji - Centre Zen Guadeloupe are Denshinji's branch zen-centers respectively in French Caribbean prefecture-islands Martinique and Guadeloupe.





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41000 BLOIS - France
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