Kuri (kitchen)

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A kuri (庫裏, lit. warehouse behind) or kuin (庫院, lit. warehouse hall) is the kitchen of a Zen monastery,[1] typically located behind the butsuden (or, Buddha Hall). Historically the kuri was a kitchen which prepared meals only for the abbot and his guests, though in modern Japan it now functions as the kitchen and administrative office for the entire monastery.[2][3]

See also


  1. Kinoshita, 259
  2. Baroni, 201
  3. Watanabe, 34


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