Pilgrimage

American Buddhist Priest Jesse Robert LeFebvre will utilize social media to broadcast his Saigoku Sanjusansho pilgrimage around the world

Currently a student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Jesse Robert LeFebvre is a 34 year old man from Wisconsin, U.S.A. who has trained in Japan for 13 years since 2002, receiving the rank of priest (junior prelate) in the Buzan Order of Shingon Buddhism last June. He is currently pursuing a doctoral program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, specializing in Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, Japanese religions, and Chinese Buddhism. While diligently pursuing his daily studies, he is spending his long holiday by coming to Japan to make the Saigoku Sanjusansho pilgrimage and is relaying its many appeals across the world on Facebook.

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Jesse Robert LeFebvre, Male, Age 35 (born September 8, 1980)

1999 Entered Minnesota State University, College of Humanites & Social Sciences, History Department
2002

Participated in the Antioch College Overseas Buddhism Studies Program in Japan
・Studied the various sects, philosophies, practices, and ceremonies, etc. of Japanese Buddhism for 3 months

2003

Participated in a Nanzan University program in Japan
・Learned introductory and intermediate Japanese for 3 months
Obtained Bachelor of Arts degree from Minnesota State University
Pursued Graduate studies overseas at the University of Hawaii, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Buddhist Studies

2006 Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 1
2007

Entered the priesthood at Enjyozan Jimyoin Temple, Buzan Order of Shingon Buddhism (Buddhist name: Jyoji)

2015

Attained the rank of priest (junior prelate) in the Buzan Order of Shingon Buddhism
Entered doctoral program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Specializing in Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, Japanese religions, and Chinese Buddhism
Has begun the Saigoku Sanjusansho pilgrimage and is relaying his pilgrimage experience through social media in Japan and to the world.