Jakushitsu Genkō

Jakushitsu Genkō Japanese Writer


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First Name Jakushitsu
Last Name Genkō
Birthday 30th November, 1289
Died 1367
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Writer

Jakushitsu Genkō (寂室 元光, June 23, 1290 – September 25, 1367) was a Japanese Rinzai master, poet, flute player, and first abbot of Eigen-ji (constructed solely for him to teach Zen). His poetry is considered to be among the finest of Zen poetry. He traveled to China and studied Ch'an with masters of the Linji school from 1320 to 1326, then returned to Japan and lived for many years as a hermit. It was only toward the end of his life that he decided to teach Zen to others.

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