Dear Friends,

Welcome to the website of the International Buddhist Congregation (IBC).

My name is Shoko Mizutani. I began serving as the minster of IBC in December 2023.

IBC is a global Buddhist sangha of Rissho Kosei-kai, founded in 2001 to share the teachings of Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra with foreign residents of Japan.

We began IBC as an English-language sangha, and have expanded by creating sanghas for speakers of Vietnamese, Bengali, and other languages.

From which country did you come to Japan?

There are many countries in the world, but you have chosen Japan as your place to work, study, and live. Thank you for choosing Japan!

How long have you been living in Japan?

Some of you may have just arrived, some of you may have been living in Japan for several years, and some of you may have been living in Japan for much longer.

I learned that moving to a foreign country is one of the most stressful changes in one's life. Also, the Japanese language is very difficult to learn. Studying, working, and raising children in Japan can also be very challenging at times.

However, I am confident that you have been working very diligently to build your new life in Japan.

From anxiety to peace of mind.
From frustration to hope.
From conflict to harmony.
And a happier life.
These are the Buddha’s wishes for us.

Buddhism is truly a teaching that opens the infinite potential of everyone’s life.
The founder of Kosei-kai, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano, taught the truth to which Shakyamuni Buddha awakened in a way that is easy to understand for us living in the contemporary world.
He also encouraged us to practice the teachings in our daily lives.
We experience peace and joy within ourselves when we walk the path and encounter positive events in our lives.

We invite you to join us to practice Buddhism together.
We want to be your stronghold. We also want to be there to illuminate your path when you are troubled by doubts and worries.

We are sincerely looking forward to meeting you.
I hope that your life in Japan will be full of happiness and fulfillment.

With deep respect,
Shoko Mizutani

Members' Vow

We members of Rissho Kosei-kai
Take refuge in the Eternal Buddha Shakyamuni
And recognize in Buddhism a true way of liberation,
Under the guidance of our revered founder, Nikkyo Niwano.
In the spirit of lay Buddhists, we vow to perfect ourselves
Through personal discipline and leading others
And by improving our knowledge and practice of the faith,
We pledge ourselves to follow the bodhisattva way
To bring peace to our families, communities, and countries
And to the world.

Buddha Hall
Fumon-Media Center (FMC) on the 4F
IBC Office
Fumon-Media Center (FMC) on the 3F
2-7-1 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-8537, Japan
Tel: 03-5341-1230    Fax: 03-5341-1224
Mail form


From the West Gate (Exit No1) of Honancho Station on the Marunouchi Line. Turn left and walk along Kannana-Dori untill the first traffic light. Turn right, and the Fumon Media Center is at the corner. The IBC Room is on the 3rd floor.(2-7-1 Wada. Suginami-ku Tokyo)

On Sundays, the FMC is only open on the Hongo Street side of the building; if you have any difficulty locating or entering the FMC, please call 03-5341-1230.

[By Bus]

  • 1. Take Keio bus No. 32 for Kosei-kai mae at the bus stop No. 17 of JR Shinjuku Station (West Exit).please get off at koseikai-seido mae.