Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji

Chinkon gyō at Honzan (November 2003)

Chinkon gyō at Honzan (November 2003)

Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji [金剛禅総本山少林寺] is a religious organisation, shukyō hōjin [宗教法人], with the unique philosophy of pursuing jiko kakuritsu [自己確立] (establishment of self) and jita kyōraku [自他共楽] (mutual happiness for oneself and others) through Shorinji Kempo’s shin shin ichinyo [身心一如] (body and mind simultaneously) training and application of the teaching to day-to-day life. Believing that a man is a “seed of potentiality” that houses the workings of the eternal universe, Kongo Zen preaches the virtue of nurturing this potential and realising a peaceful and rich society through mutual respect and co-operation. At the approximately 2000 dōin [道院] spread around Japan, cross-generational students, both young and old, are enjoying the training. Of the almost 3000 branches in Japan are about 2000 dōin and belong to Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji. Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji is lead by Urata-sensei who is daihyō [代表] (which translates as representative). Important dates for Kongo Zen Sohonzan Shorinji is New Years Day, in May the death day of the founder is noticed by having “Kaiso-Day” during the whole month. In October there is dharma-sai. Apart from that they hold several different kenshūkai and kōshūkai (seminars) during the year.