TO THE REVEREND TEN'EI GANSHIN
EMMANUEL ROCK KOJI
Ganshin Emmanuel Rock, born the only son of Mr Nathan Rock and
his wife, Rebecca, on 6 July 1926, passed away at the age of
eighty-eight on 1st September 2014.
san received his education at a London grammar school, where
he specialized in English literature. Having subsequently gone
on to study aeronautical engineering, he later served as a glider
pilot in World War II. After the war he took up residence in
Japan, where he worked as a corporate executive for a telecommunication
company in Tokyo.
1982 to 1986, Ganshin san regularly attended the Buddhist English
Academy, where he met Professor Shoshin Ichishima of Taisho
University. In 1986 he was ordained as a priest by Venerable
Shoshin Ichishima at the latter's temple in Chiba Prefecture.
to the UK in 1986, Ganshin san began teaching Buddhism at his
private residence in Romsey, where he had enshrined a statue
of Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha, that had come into his
possession forty years previously. In later years he continued
his service to the Buddha by conducting weekly meditation classes
and giving readings from the Lotus Sutra and other Buddhist
texts to his regular students.
1988, Reverend Ganshin spent three years working with mentally
ill patients in a hospital as an occupational therapy assistant.
He also studied osteopathy and earned a licence as a practitioner.
1992, he was appointed Consultant to the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
with the responsibility of disseminating copies of their book
The Teaching of Buddha to hotels, schools, hospitals and other
institutions throughout the country. He was additionally appointed
by the Department of Education as Buddhist Adviser for religious
education for the UK's school system and on occasion would also
be asked to give lectures on Buddhism at local schools.
Ganshin put in a tremendous amount of effort into promoting
inter-faith dialogue. One of the major actions he undertook
was to visit Northern Ireland in person in order to share Buddhist
teachings and try and help establish peace between the Catholics
and Protestants. He then sent a detailed report to the British
prime minister of the time, urging him to intensify dialogue
with all conflicting parties. In this way Rev. Ganshin Rock
committed himself to spreading the Dharma in every way he could.
Although a busy man, the loving kindness shown by Ganshin san
to everyone around him was quite exceptional.
Thank you, Ganshin san.