20th European Shin Buddhist Conference


Postponement of the 20th European Shin Conference

Dear Dharma friends,

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought about a quickly deteriorating situation throughout the world. As you are well aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating”. There are now more than 800,000 cases recorded worldwide, in nearly every country, and the number of infected and deaths are growing by the hour.

Under these present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO and other health institutions, the International Association of Buddhist Culture (IABC), Anjin-Do and EKO-House of Japanese Culture have concluded that the 20th European Shin Conference in Dusseldorf must be rescheduled to 2021 or 2022, to safeguard the health of the attendees and every one involved in this conference.

Once the new date of the meeting is set, we will inform you of the new details by invitation letter and on this website:

We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause, but we hope you will understand our decision considering the exceptionality of this very serious pandemic. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times.

For further information please refer to our website: or you may send an e-mail to Rev. Shoju at

In the meantime, may you, your loved ones and associates take every precaution to remain safe and healthy! 
We look forward to seeing you in Dusseldorf in 2021 or 2022!

Sincerely, with Gassho

Prof. Hisao Matsumaru, Director
EKŌ House of Japanese Culture



The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly evolving with the number of infections substantially increasing in numerous countries worldwide.  This has led to further restrictions regarding the hosting of events and conferences by many governments and health authorities.
We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and take the necessary precautions as recommended by healthcare providers and public health organizations to safeguard the health and safety of our conference attendees. Our conference website ( will be updated to reflect the current status of conference. Currently, we plan to continue with our conference this summer. If the 20th European Shin Conference is cancelled, conference registrants and invitees will be immediately notified with relevant details. We will make a final decision by May 15th if the conference will proceed as planned.
In the meantime, may you, your loved ones and associates take every precaution to remain safe and healthy.

“Compassion and Practice in Jodo Shinshu”
Tu 25th August -Fr 28th August, 2020

The Enrolement is now possible!

Every other year the International Association of Shin Buddhist Culture (IABC) an the International Association for Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS) jointly invite to the European Shin Buddhist Conference. The conference consists of presentations, dicussions, socializing with dharma friends, an excursion into the surrounding region etc. Last but not least there is the oppurtunity to receive the Kikyōshiki (Shin Buddhist “confirmation ceremony”) by the Zenmon-sama ( the former head of Jōdo Shinshu Honganji-ha). Further information you can find under the menue point “ESC 2020“.