Reverend Masamichi Shodo Kobayashi becomes Director General of Zojoji Temple

August B.E. 2565 (2022)
Vice-President of The WFB, Reverend Masamichi Shodo Kobayashi, was appointed as Director General at Zojoji Temple, the head temple of the Jodo Shu Buddhist Denomination in Shiba, Tokyo, Japan in August B.E. 2565 (2022).  Jodo Shu was established in 11th century and is the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan.  Jodo Shu accepted marginalized segments of Japanese society into community regardless of social status, occupation, and gender.

Rev. Kobayashi is the first person in 30 years from Tokyo to be appointed as Director General.  He grew up in Shiba and formally ordained as a monk in B.E. 2513 (1970).  His life has been with Zojoji’s postwar progress.  He is deeply grateful for the efforts of those who have continued to carry out many traditional events even under difficult circumstances.  He determined to carry out projects for celebrating the 850th anniversary of Jodo Shu in B.E. 2567 (2024) and for the future of Zojoji Temple.

His notion is “As an open temple, we hope that many people, regardless of denomination or country, will be able to connect with us.  We would also like the temple to be widely known as a place where people can feel pious and at peace when they visit us.”