On August 20 and 21, the JSCC Workshop was held at the beautiful Ekō-Haus, a center for Japanese culture and Buddhism in Dusseldorf, Germany. 27 people attended including current and past students, JSCC instructors, Ekō Haus staff and guests. Students and instructors came from Brazil, Germany, Belgium, the UK, US Mainland, Hawaii and Canada. Program activities included a tour of the grounds, services in the impressive Kodo, district and temple activity reports, a chanting & ritual lesson, and further discussions on the state of the Sanghas. The district and temple reports were particularly engaging. Rev. Jerry and Dr. Carmella Hirano (BCA), Rev. Kazunori Takahashi (Hawaii) Rev. James Martin (Canada), Thais Campos (Brazil), Rev. Frank Kobs (Germany), Caroline Brazier (UK), David Quirke-Thornton (UK), Rob Van Gelder (Belgium) all talked about their missions and affiliated temples or sanghas. A lovely buffet of Japanese foods was provided by Ekō Haus on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, Rev. Jerry Hirano gave an inspiring dharma message at the morning service and later Rev. James Martin delivered a thought-provoking lecture on “Jodo Shinshu in Everyday Life” which touched upon some essentials of Jodo Shinshu teaching. At the closing service, Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop of BCA awarded Rob Van Gelder his Course Completion Certificate. Lunch was held at a restaurant nearby where all participants enjoyed hearty German cuisine.
On Monday, a group of Workshop participants visited Anjin-do in Mōnchengladbach, Germany escorted by resident minister, Rev. Frank Kobs.
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