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Kazuo Yamashita
  • 65, Male
  • Aioi
  • Japan
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Michael Shinyo commented on Kazuo Yamashita's group Buddhist counselling and psychotherapy
Jul 26, 2016
Jnañamati commented on Kazuo Yamashita's group Buddhist counselling and psychotherapy
"Michael - as far as I am aware it is the same book just two different editions and the later one is not a revised text. So this same text is the basis of the Buddhist psychology course. "
Jul 26, 2016
Profile IconJnañamati and Michael Shinyo joined Kazuo Yamashita's group
Jul 26, 2016
Michael Shinyo commented on Kazuo Yamashita's group Buddhist counselling and psychotherapy
"My last question is also out of curiosity as to which book is used in the Buddhist Psychology program."
Jul 25, 2016
Michael Shinyo commented on Kazuo Yamashita's group Buddhist counselling and psychotherapy
"I'm curious. I was looking up the book, Zen Therapy, and found two different ones. One published in 1997 and the other in 2001. Is this the same book, with the latter being a revision? Thank you."
Jul 25, 2016
Michele P. joined Kazuo Yamashita's group
Mar 22, 2016
Katalin Czéh joined Kazuo Yamashita's group
Feb 13, 2016
Jeongil Kim joined Kazuo Yamashita's group
Apr 11, 2014

Profile Information

About Me:
It was 35 yeas ago that I encountered Professor Gisho Saiko. He was a marvellous Listener. His smile was so beautiful. I was deeply relieved by him. It was an unbelievable encounter. Later I discovered the secret. He was a living Nembutsu person who deeply understood PCA: Person-Centred Approach (C. R. Rogers). I followed him. I have been learning PCA and entranced into Shin-Buddhism teaching. Now both are connected deeply within myself inseparably. I am deeply relieved by Amida’s Vow. It is living!
Now, I teach social work at Mimasaka University which is located in Honen’s birthplace and do private practices in Kyoto.
In 2004, Dharmavidya, Prasada, Gisho Saiko and I had a great meeting at Hongwanji-temple.
Faith Background & Affiliation
Shinshu Buddhist
Occupation or Primary Activity
university lecturerer, counsellor
What is your interest in Amida-shu
Dharma friends
How did you find this web site?
What country are you living in?
What is the nearest town to where you live? If in UK, please give first half of your postcode. Thank you.
Are you a member of an Amida group/Congregation
not at the moment
What can you offer to other members of this network?
Travelling companion, Guide
Do you have a website:

Saiko, G. Dharma-based Person-Centered Approach in Japan

Saiko-sensei's Shin-shu Counselling Model.
Dharma-based PCA.pdf

Kazuo Yamashita's Blog

Many thanks and excitement

Posted on June 15, 2008 at 8:00 4 Comments

Now I am very busy. I am doing my work. I am meeting students, clients. I’m having meaningful days. I also visit this Friends of Amida network. I meet many Dharma friends via this network, photos, videos and many words. Excitingly we have great diversity in this network. I am stimulated and inspired very much. I am so moving, thinking, feeling.

I hear Buddha (Amida)’s teaching deeper than before and refresh my Shinjin (Faith) more deeply and do Nembutsu oftener. Great Joy comes me… Continue

Does Amida guide my action?

Posted on May 26, 2008 at 14:30 7 Comments

Kaspa’s comment stimulates me. I am looking at myself how Amida Buddha’s wisdom is guiding me. This wisdom is directing me as Nembutsu. I think partly “yes”, but Amida Buddha’s guidance is extremely deeper and more fundamental than I am expecting. Amida Buddha’s wisdom is much bigger than our thought. In this context, I am Bon-bu, foolish person.

The part that I can say “Yes, Amida guides my action” is :

1. When I hear Amida Buddha’s teaching, I feel warm, acceptance and… Continue

I decide to start a Blog!

Posted on May 25, 2008 at 10:00 5 Comments

I decide to write a Blog. I have written a Blog in Japanese. But, it is a new challenge for me to write in English. I believe English native people accept my English and support me. I have positive feeling right now.

I am back to Japan. Already two weeks pasted. My daily life comes back. I teach social work and communication skills to students and do my counselling interview with my clients. I am enjoying this dairy life. I recognize myself as a Shin-shu Counsellor. This means I… Continue

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At 8:00 on May 12, 2011, Sujatin said…
I'm so delighted to finally meet you in person! Looking forward to another day atthe conference
At 8:38 on February 15, 2011, Kazuo Yamashita said…
You are welcome. I sent you my address. Keep in touch.
At 7:09 on February 15, 2011, Vimalashri yaakov matri said…

Dear Kazuo,

 Thank you very much for your warm email. We were glad to hear from you.

I composed a long letter with details about our journey to Japan, however the space of the comment in this ning website is limited and I could not send this to you. So I thought I can give you here my private email address:

If you it is convenient for you, you can  send me a short message from your email address, and then I can reply to you in more details about our stay etc.


Domo arigato gozaimas

Namo amida Bu


At 2:18 on February 9, 2011, Kazuo Yamashita said…

Dear Vimalashri,


Welcome to Japan! And I'm very admired and glad to your attending for the celebrations. 


I could be with you on the last week in March. I could take you to Honen's birth place. At that time David will visit and attending the celebrations. Osawa mieko and her colleague and me will invite him to some places, Matsue, Kyoto and Nagano. The celebration will be on 18th (Monday) in Kyoto. I think you also could join the events. His stay will be 12th to 18th in April. Have you contacted with David?  If not yet, you had better to contact him.

I also let Mieko know about your visiting. She will be join us.


I would like to hear about your plan more. Where will you stay in Kyoto?


Namo Amida Bu


At 19:48 on February 5, 2011, Vimalashri yaakov matri said…


Dear Kazuo,


A few months ago Susthama wrote us about you.

So we are happy to be in contact with you now.

Both of us, my wife Pundarika and myself, are ordained Pure Land priests of Amida Trust. We live in Israel. We have decided to visit Japan for the 800th memorial celebrations for Honen`s death, which will be held in Kyoto in April 2011.

We will be staying in Kyoto from March 27th until about April 22nd 2011. We will be very happy if we could meet you and also if possible, to visit the Mimasaka University which as we understand from your Amida ning page is located in Honen`s birthplace.

We will be very glad to hear from you and if possible to meet you.


Thank you

Namo amida Bu



At 2:35 on February 19, 2009, Kazuo Yamashita said…
Hello Shanti,
Thank you for commenting my page I'm sorry my response is so delayed. Yes I am spending my time with yes-feeling. Sometime I feel sad, angry, disappointed. Even so I have yes-feeling (sorry my foreigner special English) in myself. My special counsellor is Amida Buddha.
At 21:39 on May 19, 2008, Kazuo Yamashita said…
Hello Caroline,
Sorry, I forgot it. The date is "29 Aug. 2001". He presented it in " 8th International Person-Centered Approach Forum in Japan. " This English version is not published. Japanese version is published already. I will put the date on it and upload on this ning's group, "Shin-shu counselling."
At 12:57 on May 19, 2008, Modgala Duguid said…
Thanks, Kazuo,
Nice picture. Talking with alan last night and this morning about Faith makes me remember you and your contributions to our discussions in TBH
Namo Amida Bu
At 9:10 on May 18, 2008, Maxine Fine said…
Hi Kazuo, it was a privilege to meet you and inspiring to hear the depth, joy and sincerity of your practice. Thank you for your friendship. I hope goes well. Till next we meet!
Namo Amida Bu
At 22:49 on May 13, 2008, Dharmavidya said…
Yes, it was lovely to have you with us. A great visit. Do send news from time to time so that we know what you are doing in Japan - or us the blog facility on this Ning. I see that a group has started toward the next conference - great. Namo Amida Bu.


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