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Introduction & Critical Guide to the Study of Early Ascetic Shakuhachi History & Ideology in Particular

Torsten Olafsson • 無穴笛オーラフソン トーステンデンマーク • Denmark

 



Introduction

About this Research Project

Realizations & Conclusions

Highlighted Pictures

Highlighted Quotations

Texts, Quotations & Illustrations
     A Chronological Panorama:

 •  India

 •  China

 •  Japan

 •  The West


To be - or not to be:
     a "Zen Buddhist Priest"?


Errors, Misconceptions & Loose Ends

The Source Collections

The Written Sources

1470?: The Kyōgen Play Rakuami

1505: Kōrin's Shakuhachi Essay

1512: The Taigenshō Music Treatise

The Komosō & Fuke-komosō Sources

1614: The Keichō kenmon-shū

1628: The Kaidō Honsoku Evidence

1628: The Kaidō Honsoku Thesis

1640s?: The Butsu-gen Evidence

1646: Isshi Bunshu's Letter
     to the Komusō Sandō Mugetsu


1646 ... The Hottō Kokushi Legend

The Early Komusō Texts

The Kyōto/Kansai Sources

The Edo/Kantō/Tōkyō Sources

1664: Shichiku shoshinshū

1677: The Enpō 5, 6th Month
     Reihō-ji Ordinance


1678: The Enpō 5, 12th Month
     Komusō-ha Oboe Memorandum


1687: The Jōkyō 4, 6th Month
     Reihō-ji Ordinance


1694: Engetsu's Honsoku deshi ...

c. 1700?: The Kyotaku Denki myth

1703 & 1705: The Myōan-ji
     c/o Kōkoku-ji Interrelationship


1722: The Kyōhō 7, 6th Month
     Reihō-ji Memorandum


1730: The Kyōhō 15, 7th Month
     Ichigetsu-ji & Reihō-ji Memorandum


1732: The Shakuhachi denrai-ki
     and early 'honkyoku' history


1735: Myōan-ji's Kyorei-zan engi ...

1751: Keichō no okitegaki -
     Existing Reprint Versions


1752: Myōan Temple Restorer Engetsu Ryōgen's
     23 Fixed Rules for the House


1770: The Kurozawa Kinko Honkyoku Collection

1795: Kyotaku denki kokujikai

1816: Miyaji Ikkan's Shakuhachi hikki

1823: Hisamatsu Fūyō's Hitori mondō

Literature

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1752: Chūkō Engetsu Ryōgen teichi kakun nijūsanka-jō

中興淵月了源定置家訓二十三ケ条
- Chūkō Engetsu Ryōgen teichi kakun nijūsanka-jō

"[Myōan-ji] Restorer Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules for the House"

Dated 1659, Manj 2, however with an attached appendix dated 1752, Hōreki 2. This text could certainly not have been produced as early as in 1659 and must therefore be termed a falsification as far as the early date is concerned.

Engetsu is being celebrated by the Myōan Temple as the "restorer", chūkō, 中興, of the temple at some time during the second half of the 17th century.
He is recorded to have died in 1695 and is most certainly the first actual genuine "historical person" to be regarded as such in the history of the Kyōto Myōan Temple.

Source: Reprinted in Nakatsuka 1979, pp. 151-162.

Iida Kyorei, 飯田峡嶺, has rewritten this document in modern Japanese -
Click here to study the text at Iida Kyorei's Koshuuan Shakuhachi History Website

You may also study Riley Kelly Lee's short comment in his 1992 PhD thesis on pages 87-89.


Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules.

Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules for the House, original text in kanbun.
Source with comments: Nakatsuka 1979, pp. 151-162.


Scannings, comments and interpretations to be added soon ...



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