Reverend Yoshimichi Ouchi was born in Oita prefecture, Japan. He grew up in a family Temple, where his Grandfather and Father were Ministers.
Reverend Yoshi’s family goes back 25 generations in the family temple. Buddhism and serving the Temple has been a life long practice for Reverend Yoshi.
Reverend Yoshi studied religion, with a focus on Buddhism, at Ryukoku University in Kyoto and Shiga.
After graduating from Ryukoku University, Rev. Yoshi went to ChuoBukkyo Gakuin School, part of Nishi Hongwanji-temple, to study the Teaching of the Buddha and Shinran-Shonin who was the founder of our sect in Kyoto.
Between February 27th, 2011 and May 2nd, 2016 Reverend Yoshi completed three levels of ordination: Tokudo, Kyoshi and Tokubetu Homuin Shikaku.
During this time he also volunteered at a temple in Osaka and took on the duties of a Minister for two years.
After receiving his ordinations, Reverend Yoshi spent a year at Gonshiki Shidousho where he trained to chant and studied important Buddhist rituals.
On April 15th, 2016 Reverend Yoshi was assigned to the Toronto Buddhist Church.