Gudo Wafu Nishijima
Nishijima has been practicing Buddhism for more than sixty
years. He was a student of Master Kodo Sawaki, an itinerant
priest famous for his efforts to restore Zazen to its rightful
place at the center of Buddhism.
Master Nishijima was ordained as a
priest by the late Master Rempo Niwa, formerly head of the
Soto Sect, and has written many books on Buddhism in both
Japanese and in English. For over twenty years, he has been
giving instructions on Zazen and lectures in English.
Brief Personal History
Born in Yokohama
Met Master Kodo Sawaki and began to study Buddhism under him.
Graduated from Tokyo University, majoring in Law.
Entered the Ministry of Finance
Left the Ministry of Finance to become a manager of Japan
Securities Finance Co.
Ordained as a Buddhist priest by the late Master Rempo Niwa,
former Head Abbot of Eiheiji Temple, the head temple of the
Became internal auditor of Japan Securities Finance Co.
Received the Transmission of the Dharma from the late Master Rempo Niwa.
Became Advisor of Ida Ryogokudo Co. after retiring from Japan Securities
|Master Nishijima has been working for the promotion
of Buddhism for over forty years. For four decades he gave
regular lectures and instructions on Zazen practice in various places.
His regular lectures were given both in English and in Japanese. He
also gave lectures in Japanese at the Eastern Institute and the
Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo, and at Matsushita Electric Co. in Osaka.
In 2005, he retired from lecturing and now devotes his time to his
writing, particularly his on-going translation of Master Nagarjuna's
Fundamental Song of the Middle Way. He also publishes a blog about
Buddhism and current events in Japanese .
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