ESC15 - The 15th European Shin Conference

It is a great honour and pleasure for us to announce the upcoming event of the Fifteenth European Shin Conference
to be held in the town of Bad Reichenhall, Germany on August 26th, through August 29th, 2008.
The topic of the 2008 Conference is:

Yo no naka annon nare, 15th European Shin Conference, Bad Reichenhall, 26-28/08/2008

Yo no naka annon nare
May peace and tranquility prevail throughout the world
Möge Friede und Harmonie die ganze Welt durchdringen

Since 1986 this conference has been a biennial 4-day event. The 15th edition starts with the 12th European Branch Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), taking place on 26-27 August 2008; directly followed by the 15th Conference of European Shinshu Communities on 28-29 August 2008.
Participants are of course encouraged to attend both conferences.

These conferences have for the last decades provided many, Europeans and non Europeans alike, with the opportunity to hear the Teachings of our most respected Founder, Shinran Shōnin. Through the years these conferences have provided a forum in which scholars, priests and lay-persons have shared their knowledge, experience and deep trust with one another in order to further the cause of our noble Hongwanj-ha Pure Land Tradition. For many the Kikyōshiki ceremony during these past conferences has been the pivotal moment of their lives in the Nembutsu.

This Conference could be an adequate preparation for the more global activities in 2011-2012, organised by our mother temple Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto at the celebration of 750 years Shinran Shōnin (親鸞聖人). In fact, its subject has been inspired by this global event in Japan and in so many Hongwanji temples abroad.

If you would like to participate or present a paper in this gathering of dharma-friends, please indicate it in the Registration Form. Here you will also find ample information about the participants, the schedule, the subject & abstracts of the presentations - as soon as received.

Registration fee (to be paid at arrival)
IASBS European Branch Conference 26-27 August 2008: € 25,-
Conference of European Shinshu Communities 28-29 August 2008: € 25,-
both conferences 26-29 August 2008: € 40,-
(Documentation and lunch included)

Hotel Reservation
Golden Tulip Bad Reichenhall
Baderstrasse 3, D-83435 Bad Reichenhall (Germany)
Tel: +49 (0) 8651 7633 0 - Fax: +49 (0) 8651 7633 30

new email addresses (!)
For reservations: 
c/o Frau Hochfeld
Please indicate “15th Shin Conference” or ESC15

Hotel Accommodation (to be paid to the hotel)
€ 59,00 per single room/night,
€ 89,00 per double room/night
(Kurtaxes for spa resort: € 1,50 per person/day not included)
Please contact the hotel as soon as possible, rooms are on a first come first serve base.

Please mail this Registration Form to:
Rev. Jotoku Thomas Moser, Edelweiss-strasse 5 D-83435 Bad Reichenhall (Germany).
We intend to close registration by July 1st, 2008.

Or, better still, fill in the electronic version you find on our website ( )
and send it by e-mail (preferably to:, or to: Thank you!

Please contact us further by e-mail, preferably to:, or to:,
or by paper mail to: Rev. Jotoku Thomas Moser, Edelweiss-strasse 5, D-83435 Bad Reichenhall (Germany).

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bad Reichenhall.

In Gasshō,

Fons Martens
In the name of the ESC15-team:
Rev. Jotoku Thomas Moser and Gakuro Kurt Krammer (both Jodo Shinshu Germany, BGJ-D)
and Fons Martens (Jikōji, Belgium)

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If you would like to participate or present a paper in this gathering of dharma-friends, please register through the form provided on this site.

You can find a group picture from the previous conference ESC14.

last update: 22/06/2008