Shin Buddhist Confirmation Ceremony
16:30 TUESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Jury's Inn Hotel (Suite 104), Charlotte Place,
Southampton, SO14 0TB
In this Shin Buddhist
Ceremony, performed before the alter of
Amida Buddha and Shinran Shonin, one takes
the important step of affirming one's reverence
for the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and ones
determination to tread the path to Buddhahood.
At the conclusion of proceedings
on day two of the 17th ESC at the SUCC the
candidates for Kikyoshiki and all delegates
that would like to attend the ceremony should
make their way to the Jury's Inn Hotel.
The quickest way of making this trip is
to simply stroll across Andrews (East) Park.
The conference will finish at 15:10 and
the Kikyoshiki Ceremony will begin in Suite
104 of Jury's Inn at 16:30.
The Jury's Inn overlooks the
north-side of East Park and the conference
center is just a short walk away and on
the south-side of East Park, which is also
known as Andrews Park because there is a
memorial to this man on the central path
through the park.
Richard Andrews was born in
the city in 1796 and would in later life
be elected to the position of Mayor on no
fewer than five different occasions. The
statue was unveiled two years after his
death in 1861.
5mins walk from the conference
center, and 10mins walk from Jury's Inn.
The last two European Shin
Conferences took place in Kyoto and Dusseldorf.
At each of these venues our religious services
and alike, including Kikyoshiki took place
in Buddhist Temples. As this is one facility
that we are bereft of here in Southampton,
the ESC organizing committee at Chomon House
had to look hard at alternatives and we
are certain that the Jury's Inn Hotel is
a good choice, particularly because it has
the facilities and space to hold first the
Kikyoshiki Ceremony and then, about an hour
and a half later, a special
dinner generously hosted by Hongwanji and
In the interval between these
two events there will be a photo-call!