FUSHIN ZAMPIERO

Monk Fushin began his journey by attending centres of Tibetan Buddhism and Sōtō Zen in Italy.

In 1999, he went to Japan where he was accepted as trainee of Shugendō, a tradition born out of the syncretism between Shintō and Esoteric Buddhism. After his novitiate, he was ordained as a yamabushi with the religious name of Seiun.

In the following years, he became a personal disciple of Shimazu Kokai, 87th Abbot of Kotaku-ji, belonging to Haguro Shugendō. Up to this day, he remains his disciple, deepening the practices and teachings of Mountain Buddhism.

With a letter of introduction, Fushin met Ichishima Shōshin, 36th Abbot of Senzō-ji, Kangaku Dai-sōjō of the Tendai Buddhism and Professor Emeritus at Taishō University, becoming his disciple and receiving the religious name of Fushin. Under Ichishima Sensei, he received oral instruction on śamatha – vipaśyanā meditation and the practice of nembutsu. He also studied the works of Kamalaśīla and the profound teachings of the Lotus Sūtra.

In 2008 he received ordination as a Theravāda monk in Sri Lanka.

Thanks to his ordinations and the strong support of his two teachers, Monk Fushin self-identifies as a monk of the One Vehicle. In this light, his activities are in accord with the spiritual vision of Saichō whereby all the different practices of Theravāda , Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna are understood as manifestations of the Ekayāna, the One Vehicle of the Buddha.

Today, Monk Fushin is busy with the maintenance of his temple, Tenryūzan-ji, where he holds regular activities and retreats.