History of Seizanji Temple Shingon Mission Australia


The Seizanji Temple was established in Australia in 2001. It was founded by the current Abbot Reverend Saito. His aim is to bring Shingon Buddhism to Australia so people can study this rich tradition without the need to travel to the head temple at Koyasan in Japan.


During high school Reverend Saito   had read a text book about the celebrated Japanese cultural figures Saicho and Kukai who were responsible for establishing the Tendai and Shingon Buddhist sects respectively in Japan during the 9th century.  The stories of this time are true adventure tales. They describe brave journeys across storm ravaged seas, travel to distant lands to discover profound religious truths, the compilation of priceless books and the intrigues of politics in the imperial court. Reverend Saito became committed to studying Shingon and continued in his learning for many years, even after moving to Australia.

Reverend Saito’s journey to Australia started in a karate dojo in Japan. At the dojo he met the parents of future pop music superstar Kate Ceberano. Tino Ceberano was a recognised martial arts master in his own right. Tino and his wife were at the dojo to study under Gōju Kai karate founder Gōgen Yamaguchi.  Reverend Saito helped them by acting as a guide and translator. The Ceberanos in turn sponsored Reverend Saito to migrate to Australia in 1978.

After coming to Australia Reverend Saito continued his studies in Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. This included returning to Japan to undertake the “hundred days training” at the Koyasan. Finally, in 1994 Reverend Saito was ordained as a monk at Koyasan. 

Reverend Saito continued in his study and in 2001 was appointed as Abbot and given the exceptional authority to establish the Buddhist Temple of Koyasan Shingon Mission Australia NSW branch. Such authority is very rarely given and there are only two other Shingon Missions in the world. Reverend Saito was subsequently appointed Missionary in 2006. His wife, Reverend Bisho was appointed Missionary in 2009.

Since this time Reverend Saito and his sangha at the Seizanji Temple have continued to spread Shingon Esoteric Buddhism through meditation classes and other Japanese cultural outreach activities to cater to those who wish to be connected to this rich tradition.

Koyasan Shingonshu Kongoubuji Souchou Soeda Ryushou and eleven laypersons visited Seizanji Temple for the Opening Ceremony which was held on November 2014.
The  Opening Ceremony was attended by Japanese Kimono Ladies, local Australian monks and Japanese monks totalling over 70 people, livening up the atmosphere.

Seizanji Temple officially was recognised on November 2014, when Koyasan Shingonshu Kongoubuji Souchou Soeda Ryushou and eleven laypersons visited Seizanji Temple.
On the previous day of the Opening Ceremony for Seizanji Temple, the Koyasan Visitors including Souchou Soeda Ryushou visited the 70th Memorial Anniversary Services held in Cowra. They prayed for the resting in peace for the dead soldiers and citizens of World War II.
At Seizanji Temple, we held Ajikan meditation classes and Kannonko which offered deeper understanding of Japanese culture and Buddhism throughout the year.







  • 9世紀はじめに、空海と最澄は遣唐使とともに唐に渡った。
  • 空海は帰国後に、真言宗をおこし、高野山に金剛峯寺を建てた。最澄は帰国後に、天台宗を広め、比叡山に延暦寺を建てた。
  • 空海や最澄は、政治と深く結びつき、経典研究にかたよりすぎた奈良時代の仏教を批判し、人里離れた山奥での厳しい修行を重視した。
  • こうした新しい仏教(密教)は、のちに、病気や災いを取り除く加持祈祷(祈りやまじない)を行うようになり、天皇や貴族の信仰を集めた。





そもそも彼のオーストラリア移住のきっかけは、彼のもう一つの命題でもある空手の道場で出会った国際的な歌手Kate Ceberanoさんのお父様Tino Ceberano氏でした。

ご主人であるTino Ceberano氏は格闘家として知られており、斉藤住職は全日本空手道連盟 剛柔会山口道場本部の山口剛玄師へCeberano氏と夫人を紹介し、通訳や身の回りのお世話をしたご縁で、Ceberano氏からの豪州スポンサーシップを受け、1978年にオーストラリアへ移住しました。






2014年、高野山真言宗総本山金剛峯寺宗務総長 添田隆昭氏率いる20名(僧侶9名、在家11名)が来豪し、本堂落慶式が華やかに執り行われました。

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