ZUISHIN THEODORIDES

Zuishin Theodorides was ordained and trained under Reverend Ichishima Shōshin, 36th Abbot of Senzō-ji, Kangaku, Dai-sōjō and Professor Emeritus at Taishō University.

He started his spiritual quest during his early teenage years, becoming deeply involved in the Western Esoteric Tradition and Neo-Paganism. Soon, he encountered the profound teachings of the Buddha, cherishing the crystal-clear clarity of the Dharma.

After an exploration of the various traditions represented in Europe, he started practising Pure Land Buddhism under the kind guidance of Reverend Inagaki Zuio, an eminent priest of Jōdo Shin Buddhism and Professor Emeritus at Ryūkoku University.

In October 2015, during a pilgrimage in Japan, he met Ichishima Sensei and converted to Tendai Buddhism, receiving the precepts as part of his ordination at the Amida-dō of Tamon-in.

In October 2019, he once again travelled to Japan. This time, the goal was clear and further aided by the auspicious publication of the Tendai Shido Gyōki in English; it was time to commence his gyō practice and train in the Tendai Esoteric Rituals at Tamon-in.

From 30th October to 3rd December, he followed a strict regimen of austerities and ritual service under the direct guidance of Ichishima Sensei. The curriculum included Jūhachidō, Taizōkai, Kongōkai and Goma, as well as Raihaigyō.

During his training period, he also received and studied the Fivefold Transmission of Nembutsu as preserved at Senzō-ji.

Zuishin organises Dharma discussion meetings in Northern Greece and volunteers for Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai, supplying local libraries, religious centres and interested individuals with copies of the Teaching of the Buddha.

True to his diverse spiritual background and close to the spirit of his teachers, he endorses and embraces radical non-sectarianism and spiritual cross-fertilisation, organising discussion.