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The Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK Southampton group meets
at Chomon House every Wednesday at 8pm.
6 Southcliff Road, Southampton SO14 6FH.
Phone (office landline) 02380 837145. Email:

We cordially extend to you an open invitation to join us for dharma study, discussion, chanting practice and participation in an authentic Shin Buddhist Service, led by Resident Minister Rev Daichi Gary Robinson.


As of Wednesday 15th September, at 8.30 - 9pm and continuing every Wednesday thereafter, the Chomon House Southampton group will broadcast a short Buddha Service live, using Zoom.
Running order: Click/tap on links to go directly to the relevant page
Tri Sarana

Nembutsu with Gassho


Tan Nembutsu (in strident tones)


The service concludes with the reading, in English, of one of Rennyo’s Letters. Immediately after the service, the Chomon House group will take a longer, deeper look at the Letter read at the service that night, and study notes will be distributed to all participants the following day.

If you would like to attend the service by zoom, please email me so that I can give you the meeting password code. Please also state if you wish to be put on to our ‘Letters Study’ mail-list. Mail to:

The form of Buddhism that we practice at Chomon House is is that of the
Japanese Jodo Shinshu or Pure Land tradition.

Jōdo Shinshū (浄土真宗, "The True Essence of the Pure Land Teaching"), also known as Shin Buddhism or True Pure Land Buddhism, is a school of Pure Land Buddhism. It was founded by the former Tendai Japanese monk Shinran. Shin Buddhism is considered the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan. > › wiki › Jōdo_Shinshū

Leading up to the ending of pandemic lockdown I had more than enoughf time to spruce up Chomon House more than it has ever been spruced up to before - and weekly meetings of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK Southampton (Chomon House) group resume on Wed 21st July.

Please email or phone me if you are thinking about taking us up on our OPEN INVITATION for you to come and and see for yourself what we do, how we do it ... and why.

A little bit about our origins
To mark the time when I (Gary Robinson) followed in the footsteps of Jack Austin and recieved ordination from Nishi Hongwanji in September 2012, we changed the name of our organisation from the Pure Land Buddhist Fellowship (PLBF) to the Shin Buddhist Fellowship UK (SBFUK).

Going back further, the PLBF was itself the immediate successor of the Shin Buddhist Association of Great Britain, which was founded by Jack Austin and Rev Hisao Inagaki in around about 1977. At that time, Jack was the Development Officer for the World Congress of Faiths, and Hisao was Lecturer in Buddhism at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. Read more ...

The International Association of Buddhist Culture and Nishi Hongwanji, our home temple in Kyoto, Japan, generously sponsor biennial (one every two years) European Shin Buddhist conferences that are held in the home-town of organsations recognised as being active in the field of practicing and teaching Jodo Shinshu (aka Pure Land) Buddhism.

In 2016, the 18th European Shin Buddhist Conference took place in Antwerp, in Belgium. On each side of this, in 2014 and 2018, the 17th and the 19th European Shin Conferences (ESC) were organised and staged by the SBFUK and Chomon House here in Southampton. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the 2020 ESC was canceled, but the next should take place at the Eko House of Buddhist Culture in Düsseldorf in Germany in August 2022.
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