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Kaku-a

(b. 1143)


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(b. 1143).

Japanese monk who travelled to China in 1175. He studied Ch'an with a qualified master, received inka (his master's verification of the authenticity of his enlightenment), and returned to Japan. However, after his return he failed to evoke any interest in Ch'an (Jap., zen) and finally retired to solitary practice. In one story, he appeared before the Emperor Takakura upon his return, and when the emperor asked about the essence of Ch'an, he took up a flute and blew a single note, an act which the court found unimpressive.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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