Hanazono University (花園大学 Hanazono Daigaku ) is a private university located in Kyoto, Japan that belongs to the Rinzai sect (specifically the Myōshin-ji temple complex, which it is located next to). The university and the neighborhood itself are named for Emperor Hanazono, whose donated his palace to make Myōshin-ji.
It is a major competitor of the Sōtō college in Tokyo known as Komazawa University. Despite the university's sectarian affiliation, the school does also accept Soto students as well. The school operates two research centers important in Zen academia, i.e. the Institute for Zen Studies and the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism. Founded in 1872 as a seminary for those interested in the priesthood, today the university carries on that tradition while also offering an education to those uninterested in becoming a priest. The current president is Dr. Kosan Abe. Former presidents include Eshin Nishimura.
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