19th European Shin Buddhist Conference
20th - 24th August 2018



Back in 2014 ESC17 took place in the Southampton Solent University Conference Centre in Above Bar Street in Southampton city centre. Since then this part of the city has been redeveloped to become its new Cultural Quarter. This redevelopment included the construction of the prestigious Spark building; the new home for the Southampton Solent University Conference Centre and venue for 16 plus talks that will be presented (in English) at ESC19 by delegates from Japan, Germany, Belgium, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, the US, Canada and the UK.


Mon: Opening remarks Lunch 2x Presentations Shoshinge Chanting Workshop Evening Service Celebration Dinner at Jury’s Inn – generously hosted by the IABC
Tue:  Morning Service 3x Presentations Lunch 2x Presentations Break Chanting Workshop Evening Service
Wed: Optional extra. Details TBC Excursion to Portsmouth and Southsea.
Morning Service 3x Presentations. Lunch. Special presentation. Kikyoshiki (Shin Buddhist Confirmation Ceremony) Shoshinge Chanting Workshop.
Fri: Morning Service 3x Presentations Lunch – on the Bridge to the Pod Closing remarks Chanting Workshop Gala Dinner in the Spark Atrium – generously hosted by Nishi Hongwanji.

Paid in advance through the Pay Point Page @ chomonhouse.org. To arrange payment in advance by cheque in the post or, in exceptional cases, by cash on arrival, please phone 02380 837145, write toChomon House (ESC19), 6 Southcliff Road, Southampton SO14 6FH or email esc19@purelandnotes.com
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Jury’s Inn. A quality 3 star hotel which is just a few minutes’ walk away from the Spark building Conference Centre.
To obtain a 20% discount on rooms with breakfast at Jury's Inn quote online promo-code: EVENT20. Discount applies to cost when booked and additional savings can be made when booked well in advance.

Southampton Solent University offers cheaper dorm-style accomodation. Single with en-suite £36. Single without en-suite £33. CLICK/TAP HERE to download brochure.
SSU offers a discount and catering options to groups of 6 - 9 people, or groups of 10 or more. If this interests you please email esc19@purelandnotes.com so we can asemble a qualifying group.

Short You Tube video tour of
Lucia Foster Welch Residence

Spark fly-through animantion

Spark promo video

"are we there yet ?"

THE POD is a futuristic structure containing a full-size lecture room that stands on four steel pillars three stories high in the centre of the vast atrium of the Spark building; venue for ESC19.

On Fri 24th we will take lunch on the Bridge to the Pod and later that day a special Gala Dinner hosted by Nishi Hongwanji (our mother temple in Japan) will take place in the atrium.


ESC19 events taking place at Jury's Inn
Morning and Evening Service.
Shoshinge Workshop.
Celebration Dinner (Mon 20th) hosted by the IABC
Kikyoshiki (Shin Buddhist Confirmation Ceremony)

Further details on all events will be posted to this site as soon as confirmations are made. Other planned updates include our Call For Papers and how to apply for assistance grants generously offered by the IABC so do please visit us again soon!
19th European Shin Buddhist Conference
20th - 24th August 2018