Zenkei Shibayama

Zenkei Shibayama (柴山 全慶, Shibayama Zenkei, 1894 - 1974), a former Abbot of Nanzen-ji, was a Japanese Rinzai master well known for his commentary on the Mumonkan. One of his better-known students was Keido Fukushima, abbot of Tōfuku-ji. Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples.[1][2] Due to a number of lecture tours he undertook to the United States in the 1960s, and the translation of several of his books into English, Shibayama was a significant contributor to the establishment of Zen in America.

Zenkei Shibayama
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BornNovember 30, 1894
DiedAugust 29, 1974
ReligionZen Buddhism
Senior posting
Based inNanzen-ji
Otani University
Shibayama Zenkei Rōshi at UC Santa Barbara, 1969

See alsoEdit


  • Zen Comments on the Mumonkan. Harper & Row. 1974. ISBN 0-06-067279-X. OCLC 804989.
  • On Zazen Wasan: Hakuin's Song of Zazen. Kyoto. 1967. OCLC 2279785.
  • Shibayama, Zenkai; Gyokusei Jikihara (1967). Zen Oxherding Pictures. Tokyo: Sōgensha. OCLC 174614524.
  • A Flower Does Not Talk. Kyoto: Shibayama. 1966. OCLC 3836026.


  1. ^ Ford, 116-117
  2. ^ Loori, 344