1752: Myōan-ji Founder Engetsu Ryōgen's
23 Fixed Rules for the Komusō
- Chūkō Engetsu Ryōgen teichi kakun nijūsanka-jō
"Myōan-ji Restorer Engetsu Ryōgen's 23 Fixed Rules for the House"
Dated 1659, Manji 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 rendered the contents of this document in modern Japanese -
Click here to study the text at Iida Kyorei's Koshūan 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 for the House, original text in kanbun.
Source with comments: Nakatsuka 1979, pp. 151-162.
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