Zenkei Shibayama

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Zenkei Shibayama
Religion Zen Buddhism
School Rinzai
Born November 30, 1894
Died August 29, 1974
Senior posting
Based in Nanzen-ji
Otani University

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.

See also



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


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