Born in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture, in 1968.
After completing his master’s degree at a Buddhist University and training at Koyasan, known as the headquarters of the Koyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism, Ohtani joined Hattasan Sonei-ji Temple. He has served as chief priest there since 2009.
To bridge the gap in being away from home for 8 years, he began participating in local community activities such as at the City Junior Chamber, Tourism Association and voluntary firefighters.
These activities have had a great influence on not only how he manages the temple, but also how the temple now serves as a “place in the community.”
Talking with his friends and getting excited about developing temple and community is now his greatest passion.