SOCHO TATSUYA AOKI SENSEI
Reverend Tatsuya Aoki is the Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (JSBTC) and is currently serving as the resident minister at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.
Born and raised in Sapporo, Japan, he moved to Canada to attend the University of Lethbridge. He graduated with a degree in Religious Studies.
He continued his education at the Central Academy of Buddhist Studies and at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan, where he received a Master’s Degree in Buddhism.
Sensei Aoki received his Tokudo ordination in 1991 to become a Jodo Shinshu minister. In 2003, he was assigned to serve at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.
In 2013, he was elected as the Bishop of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada. In that same year, he was also certified as a Hongwanji lecturer (Fukyoshi).
In 2019, he received the academic status of Hokyo, the second highest level of academician at the Hongwanji.