Minnan Eisai and Hirado - The Introduction of the Rinzai school of Zen and Matcha tea to Japan -


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  • 明庵栄西と平戸-日本への臨済禅と抹茶の紹介-

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Buddhist monk Minnan Eisai is popularly known as the founder of the Japanese Rinzai school of Buddhism and is often credited with the introduction of Zen Buddhism to Japan. He is also known as the personwho introduced matcha tea from China to his home country. Eisai arrived back in Japan at the island of Hirado, but his stay here is hardly mentioned in any work on either Eisai or matcha tea. This paper will discuss the reasons for Eisai’s travel to China and will investigate the traces Eisai left in Hirado on his return. It will discuss the possibility that he first taught Rinzai in Hirado and also cultivated tea there.

identifier:長崎大学言語教育研究センター論集, 4, pp.105-125; 2016



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