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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

Links

Profile / Bio / CV

Contact Info


The Kyōto/Kansai Area Sources

To be presented in rather more detail and commented further ...


Possibly created during the 1640s?:
Hotoke-goto(ba), "Buddha Words", or: "Buddhist Sayings".
Fuke-shū is not mentioned.


1664: Music treatise about "strings & bamboo" by Nakamura Sōsan, Kyōto.
Fuke-shū is not mentioned in the treatise.


1694: Myōan-ji document, the oldest reliable known.
Signed Komusō honji, 虚無僧本寺 京都虚霊山 明暗寺, Komusō mother temple, Kyōto Kyorei-zan, Myōan-ji.
Fuke-shū is not mentioned.


1703 & 1705: Two formal documents regarding and confirming the Myōan-ji c/o Kōkoku-ji "mother-child" temple relationship.
Fuke-shū is not mentioned.


Probably created no later than 1735?:
Kyotaku denki, "Recorded Tradition of the Imitated Bell" (in Kyotaku denki kokujikai, Kyōto, 1795).
Fuke-shū is not mentioned in the Kyotaku denki itself.


1735: Kyorei-zan engi narabi ni sankyorei-fu ben.
Fuke-shū is not mentioned.


1752 (not 1659!): A Myōan-ji document with 23 paragraphs.
Fuke-shū is not mentioned.



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