Jinho Shi - Buddhist Chaplain
Jinho took ordination in the Chinese Chan (Zen) tradition with Master Sheng-yen in 2000, training intensively in the Dharma Drum Mountain Taiwan for six years. She studied at the Dharma Drum Buddhist University for four years, majoring in Buddhist doctrines, Vinaya (Buddhist precepts) and Chan practice.
She arrived in England in 2007 and and last year submitted her PhD thesis on Buddhist monasticism in Britain at the University of Bristol. She runs the Buddhist society, and holds weekly Zen meditation and Dharma reading groups at the Chaplaincy. She also leads retreats and organises for visiting monastics to teach in Bristol. She enjoys exploring different Buddhist practices and investigating life's questions.
Rupert Gethin - Buddhist Local Faith Contact
Rupert first became interested in Buddhism when studying for a degree in Comparative Religion at the University of Manchester in the late 1970s. He discovered Buddhist practice through the Samatha Trust, an organization rooted in 'mindfulness of breathing' meditation. Rupert has led a class in 'samatha' or 'calm' meditation in Bristol since the mid 1990s; this meets in the Multifaith Chaplaincy on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm during term.
Rupert is Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. While his academic interests lie in early Indian Buddhism and the Pali texts, and his personal involvement has largely been with the Theravada tradition, he maintains a broad interest in Buddhism and is happy to talk to anyone interested in Buddhism and point them towards the various Buddhist groups and activities in Bristol, whether Theravada, Tibetan, Chan, Nichiren, etc.