Terasawa Junsei

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Junsei Terasawa (寺沢潤世)
Venerable Junsei Terasawa 2005.jpg
Rev. Junsei Terasawa. Japan, 2005
Religion Buddhism
Nationality Japanese
Born September 15, 1950
Hakui, Ishikawa, Noto Peninsula, Japan
Senior posting
Title Nipponzan Myōhōji
Predecessor Nichidatsu Fujii
Religious career
Website https://www.facebook.com/Terasava

Junsei Terasawa (Japanese: 寺沢潤世, Russian: Дзюнсэй Тэрасава, Ukrainian: Дзюнсей Терасава; September 15, 1950) — Japanese Buddhist monk-peacemaker and Teacher of Monk Order Nipponzan Myōhōji in Eurasia.

Respected mentor, surnamed Terasawa-sensei or simply Sensei has many years of monastic peacemaking practice in India, Europe and former Soviet Union. Teaches group of monks from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China. In 2000 he was forbidden to enter Russia in opposition to War in Chechnya.[1][2][3]


Rev. Terasawa-Sensei with Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō on his drum[4] and in his famous hat with leader Inter Religious Federation World Peace Dr. Frank Kaufmann. Jerusalem, 2003.

Junsei Terasawa born September 15, 1950 into a poor family in the small town of Hakui, Ishikawa on Noto Peninsula in Japan. Junsey was the second son in the family.

In Hakui is an ancient Mound, one of the oldest Shinto temples. It is here conceived sacred sumo wrestling. Also, there is a temple built by the great monk Nitiji - one of the closest disciples of the great bodhisattva Nichiren. There is a Christian church too.

Under the influence of the presence of local shrines, spiritual pacifism Leo Tolstoy and active nonviolent resistance Mahatma Gandhi Terasawa in 17 years came out of home to go to Tokyo and join a unique peacemaking Nipponzan Myōhōji activity, led by teacher Nichidatsu Fujii.

Organized and conducted many mass peacemaking actions. He founded the Peace Pagodas in Milton Keynes and London, England. For the sake of Peace in Europe shortly before the Berlin Wall Fall conducted seven day prayer without food and water on the grave of Karl Marx, burned his finger phalanx and made alone Peace March from Warsaw to said Wall.[5]

Rev. Terasava participated in the annual sessions of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva as a representative of International Peace Bureau and is one of the advisors Inter Religious Federation for World Peace, headed by Dr Frank Kaufmann.[6][7][8]

As one of the leading activists of the nonviolent movement in Europe of the end of the Cold War, Terasawa-sensei suggested Ukrainian religious leaders make a joint application for peace, non-violence and life in Ukraine.[9] In day of commemoration those killed on Kyiv Maydan the monk peacekeeper has initiated the many-days peace walk[10] in Kiev and cities of south-eastern Ukraine.[11]

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  1. ^ Мёходзи 2006: «Terasawa-sensei has 39 years of experience of monastic practice: 6 years in India, 15 in Europe and 16 years — in the former Soviet Union. He now teaches a small group of monks from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China. Since 2000, the entry into Russia for him is closed because of his actions against the war in Chechnya. (Russian: Тэрасава-сэнсэй имеет 39-летний опыт монашеской практики: 6 лет в Индии, 15 лет в Европе и уже 16 лет — в бывшем Советском Союзе. Сейчас он обучает небольшую группу монахов из России, Украины, Казахстана, а также Китая. С 2000 года въезд в Россию ему закрыт из-за выступлений против войны в Чечне.
  2. ^ Credo.Ru 14 february 2012
  3. ^ Credo.Ru 11 april 2012
  4. ^ Шмыгля 2009
  5. ^ Малинов 2013, from time 07:47
  6. ^ IRFWP 2003
  7. ^ Шмыгля 2012
  8. ^ IRFWP 2013: «Reverend Junsei Terasawa became a Buddhist monk at a young age, and thereafter spent six years in India intensively studying and practicing Buddhism, and involving himself in the social reform movement to remove communal and caste division conflicts. Later he contributed to the anti-nuclear peace marches and demonstrations throughout Europe and established two Peace Padogas in England. In India, he initiated the Rajgir Symposium on the Victory of Law over the nuclear menace, producing the visionary “New Delhi Declaration to build a Nuclear-free Non-violent World.” He initiated both the Peace Camp on the Iraq-Saudi border in a bid to avert the Gulf War, and more recently, the 3-month Pakistan-India Prayer March for Peace. Reverend Terasawa represented the International Peace Bureau in annual sessions of the UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva, and initiated the Inter-Faith Peace Mission to Chechnya with support of Prince El Hassan of Jordan and Mikhail Gorbachev. He invested greatly in an effort to resolve the Iraqi crisis through his initiation of the International Inter-Religious Peace Mission to Iraq. He led the Buddhist Delegation to Baghdad with their Appeal to President Sadam Hussein, President G.W. Bush, and other world leaders.»
  9. ^ РІСУ 2014
  10. ^ Свобода 31.03.2014: «In general the peace walk shell be held in thirteen cities in Ukraine and will last 15 days (Ukrainian: Загалом хода миру відбудеться ще у тринадцяти містах України і триватиме 15 днів
  11. ^ Телеграф 31.03.2014: «The initiator of peace walk is Junsey Terasawa, a Japanese Buddhist monk-peacemaker and teacher of monastic order "Nippondzan Myohodzi" (Russian: Инициатором шествия мира является Дзюнсей Терасава, японский буддийский монах-миротворец и учитель монашеского ордена “Ниппондзан Мйоходзи”


  • Credo.Ru, Портал (14 February 2012). "Reportage: Buddha in aid of awakening Russia? Unexpected return Junsei Terasava" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  • Credo.Ru, Портал (11 April 2012). "Buddhist teacher and pacifist from Japan Junsei Terasawa again became persona non grata in Russia" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  • IRFWP (2 September 2003). "Reverend Junsei Terasawa. A biographical profile". Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  • IRFWP (2013). "About. Reverend Junsei Terasawa". Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  • Малинов, Денис (2013-05-24). "Caucas Portrait Terasawa Junsey —- "One who came out the Home"" (in Russian, English). Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  • Мёходзи, Ниппондзан (2006). "Information about the order Nipponzan Myōhōji" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  • РІСУ (21 February 2014). "Buddhist Monk: "Maybutnie za Maydanom"" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  • Свобода, Радіо (31 березня 2014). "Japanese Monk Peacemaker Organizes Peace Walk in Ukraine (video at 30.03.2014)" (in Ukrainian, Englidh, Russian). Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  • Телеграф (2014-03-31). "Community of Buddhists Organized in Ukraine Peace Procession" (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  • Шмыгля, Алексей (2009). "Bodhisattvas of Pamir is destined to save humanity.. Lecture Ven Terasawa-Sensei September 11, 2009, Kyrgyz Republic, the Tien-Shan Place of.Way" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-29. "people still do not believe in the power of practice the Lotus Sutra with the drum. Europeans at the time of Peace Marches gethered in thousands to demonstrations and repeated all together "Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren -Ge-Kyo!" with sound of the drum. But as soon as the Berlin Wall has disappeared and the Cold War ended, I left Europe – all there was forgotten the practice of Dharma, which created the spiritual reasons for such a change. I beat the drum and pronounced "Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren -Ge-Kyo!" at Full moon in May 1988 on Red Square, during a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in the Kremlin. During the August putsch in Moscow, I was the only religious figure at the barricades before of the White House, where I also beat the drum. In the most critical moments in the history of new Russia not only me, but many of my students have practiced in Moscow. But , nevertheless , our practice of "Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren -Ge-Kyo!" with drums remains unrecognized in Russia. During the tragic war in Chechnya , many members of our sangha with me went there and with beatng the drum pronounced "Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren -Ge-Kyo!". and then the first Chechen war was stopped. The Russian army had to retreat. But the people of Chechnya are not recognized the practice of "Namu-Myo-Ho-Ren -Ge-Kyo!" with drums and none of the Chechens did not take it. Therefore, the unity of the people was lost and began a more tragic, the second war in the North Caucasus. All that time in Europe, Russia, Chechnya took place so big change, but the people there did not recognize the true power of the Lotus Sutra practice (Russian: до сих пор люди не верят в силу практики Лотосовой Сутры с барабаном. Европейцы во время маршей мира собирались в многотысячные манифестации и все вместе повторяли "Наму-Мё-Хо-Рэн-Гэ-Кё!" под звуки барабана. Но как только исчезла Берлинская стена и закончилась холодная война, я покинул Европу – все там забыли силу этой практики Дхармы, создавшей духовные причины для таких перемен. Я бил в барабан и произносил "Наму-Мё-Хо-Рэн-Гэ-Кё!" в майское полнолуние 1988 года на Красной площади и на встрече с М.С.Горбачевым в Кремле. Во время августовского путча в Москве я был единственным религиозным деятелем на баррикадах перед Белым Домом, где я тоже бил в барабан. В самые критические моменты истории новой России не только я, но и многие мои ученики практиковали в Москве. Но, тем не менее, наша практика "Наму-Мё-Хо-Рэн-Гэ-Кё!" с барабанами остается непризнанной в России. Во время трагической войны в Чечне многие члены нашей сангхи вместе со мной поехали туда и, ударяя в барабан, произносили "Наму-Мё-Хо-Рэн-Гэ-Кё!". И тогда первая чеченская война была остановлена. Российской армии пришлось отступить. Но народ Чечни не признал силу практики "Наму-Мё-Хо-Рэн-Гэ-Кё!" с барабанами и никто из чеченце не принял ее. Поэтому единство народа было потеряно и началась еще более трагическая, вторая война на Северном Кавказе. Все это время в Европе, России, Чечне происходили столь большие перемены, однако люди там так и не признали истинную силу практики Лотосовой Сутры)" 
  • Шмыгля, Алексей (2012). "Terasawa Junsei" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-10. 

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