November 30th 2019

Art of Deep Listening Workshop with Engaged Buddhist Rev. Fujio Soin

Please join us for a workshop on the art of deep listening with engaged Buddhist Rev. Fujio Soin.

We will learn the art of deep listening practice from Zen Buddhist priest Fujio Soin, an experienced engaged Buddhist.

As a guide to living happily, Thich Nhat Hanh offers Five Mindfulness Trainings.  One training, “Loving Speech and Deep Listening”, focuses on mindful speech and the importance of listening deeply, in order to truly understand our loved ones and the people around us and help bring harmony in our daily life.

Cultivating deep listening is indispensable for living happily, but there are few opportunities to learn how to do it.

Our dear Sangha friend, Rev. Fujio Soin has worked extensively with applied deep listening for mental health wellness and suicide issues. He has been practicing deep listening for about 20 years to bring relief to the people in need. This Workshop in the Art of Deep Listening will be taught based on his wealth of hands-on experience.

The workshop is open to everyone-new and experienced mindfulness practitoners will benefit from this practice.

Let's take this opportunity to learn how to listen deeply together ♪


When: November 30 (Saturday) 13: 30-16: 30


Where: Osaragi Jiro Memorial Museum/ Japanese-style room

 113 Yamatecho, Naka-ward, Yokohama


Program: Talk, Case Studies, Q & A, meditation, Tai Chi excercise, etc. (The event will be in Japanese and english)


Entry fee: 1000 yen + donation Please pay on the day. Persons with disabilities and financial difficulties may attend with only donation.


Registration: Please email: . Please use the subject: “November 30 Deep Listening Workshop Participation” In the email, please indicate your name, email address, phone number, number of participants. 

★ Please inform us as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your registration, so that others on the waiting list may attend.


<Rev. Fujio Soin Biography>

 Rev. Fujio is from the Rinzai Buddhist Kenchoji School. He teaches zazen and Buddhist lectures for foreigners at Kenchoji Temple in Kamakura. Being co-leader of engaged Buddhist community for suicide issues, he is active in counseling on mental health and suicide for Japanese and foreigners. As a member of INEB: International Network of Engaged Buddhists (JNEB: Japan Network of Engaged Buddhists in Japan), he is also close to Roshi Joan Halifax in the United States.

A graduate of Meiji University School of Commerce, Fujio san joined Kyowa Bank (now Resona Bank), and resided overseas for 13 years in New York, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. From 2011 to 2012, he appeared in "Yajiuma TV" on TV Asahi in the early morning "Gently Boost, Today's Preaching".

<Loving Speech and Deep Listening>


Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.


(From the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Plum Village)

This event is hosted by Heart of Tokyo and Yokohama Sangha