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Jakushitsu Genkō

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.[1]

Jakushitsu Genkō
TitleZen master
1st abbot of Eigen-ji
BornJune 23, 1290
DiedSeptember 25, 1367
ReligionZen Buddhism

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Keown, 122


  • Keown, Damien (2003). A Dictionary of Buddhism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860560-9.
  • Ury, Marian (1992). Poems of the Five Mountains: An Introduction to the Literature of the Zen Monasteries. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan. ISBN 0-939512-53-X.

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