Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond
Founded in 1986, Ekoji Buddhist Sangha supports the teaching, practice, and study of Buddhism in the Greater Richmond area. We are a fellowship of the Buddhist Churches of America, an association founded over one hundred years ago.
Ekoji Buddhist Sangha was founded by Reverend Kennryu Tsuji (1920-2004), a Japanese-American Pure Land priest. Responding to a request from Pure Land Buddhists for a place to practice in Richmond, he solicited the generous help of Numata Center. A building was purchased and weekly services began in 1986. Soon, other Buddhist groups seeking a temple found their way to Ekoji. Rev. Tsuji offered the space for other forms of Buddhism to practice. In 1991, a Zen group was established at Ekoji. A Tibetan group and a Vipassana group soon followed. In 2005, the Meditative Inquiry group began meeting at Ekoji as well.
Practice at Ekoji
Five different lineages of Buddhist practice are represented at Ekoji: Pure Land, Soto Zen, Tibetan Karma Kagyu, Theravada (Vipassana), and Meditative Inquiry. Each lineage has its distinctive forms and character, yet all have the “same taste of truth.”
Currently there is no resident priest at Ekoji. However, priests and teachers from other temples or practice centers regularly visit to support our practice at Ekoji.
A schedule of meeting times for practice of the different Ekoji groups may be found to the right of this page, as well as on the Ekoji home page and each group’s page at this site. A contact person, phone number, and email address is also provided. We recommend newcomers get in touch with the group they intend to visit to learn about expectations, etiquette, etc.