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Reverend 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.


Ganshin 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.

From 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.

Returning 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.

From 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.

In 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.

Reverend 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.



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