After undertaking both scholastic education and monastic ascetic training, Rev. Taijo Imanaka was ordained in 1994 in the Shingon sect of Japanese Vajrayana Buddhism, on Koyasan. Koyasan is one of the most ancient Buddhist mountains in Japan. The community celebrated the 1200-year anniversary of its founding in 2015. Descending from the monastic mountain, Rev. Imanaka served at several temples in Nara and Osaka.
In 2006, he was assigned as Head Priest of Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, located near Seattle’s International District. Since then he has focused on how to localize Buddhism and connect synergistically with Christian churches and Buddhist temples originating from other countries.