Kanzan Egen


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A disciple of the zen monk Shūhō Myōchō (1282–1337), whose lineage was known for its strict adherence to a Chinese style of Zen practice and its resistance to the Japanization of Zen or its accommodation to the agenda of the imperial authorities. Kanzan was the first abbot of the Myōshin-ji upon its founding in 1335, a temple that became the centre of the Myōshinji-ha, an independent subschool of Rinzai Zen.

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