Paul Naamon

About The Teacher

Rev. Monshin Paul Naamon is the Jushoku (Abbot) of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, Jiunzan Tendai-ji, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin, Jushoku of the California Tendai Monastery, and Secretary General of the Japanese Tendai Buddhism in North America.  Rev. Naamon was educated at the University of Buffalo, University at Albany, and Taisho University, Tokyo, Japan.  Additionally, he was a Research Scholar at Federal University of Brazil Research Hospital, Bahia, Brazil and University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Japan.  His Tendai Buddhist priest training was in Japan at Taisho University, Tokyo, Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, and Tamon-in Temple, Chiba, where he was ordained in 1992.  Advanced training and was subsequently accomplished and Dembo-kanjo (Ācārya – Master empowerment) administered at Enryakuji.  Monshin retired as an Interdisciplinary Professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Asian Studies and Human Biology.  He is active in Social Justice Issues as well as interfaith dialogue.  He is published and a speaker on Buddhism, Asian studies, and bio-medical anthropology.  Currently Rev. Naamon has just finished editing the Japanese to English translations of the Kongokai and Goma, Buddhist esoteric texts, these will be published this spring.


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