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Basic information
Location 41 Eigenjitakano-cho, Higashiohmi-shi, Shiga-ken, 527-0212
Affiliation Rinzai
Country Japan
Website http://eigenji-t.jp//
Architectural description
Founder Sasaki Ujiyori
Jakushitsu Genko
Completed 1361

Eigen-ji (永源寺) is one of 14 autonomous branches of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen, founded in 1361 by the lord of Ōmi province—Sasaki Ujiyori. The temple is in modern-day Higashiōmi, Shiga prefecture of Japan.


Eigen-ji's first abbot was the famous poet and roshi Jakushitsu Genko. It was a popular destination for members of the 'Five Mountain Schools of Zen' during the Onin War of the 15th century. After a series of fires that burned the place down during the late 15th and first half of the 16th century, a newly installed abbot named Isshi Bunshu restored the temple. He is commonly referred to as its second founder.

Present day[edit]

Today it is the head temple of the Eigen-ji branch of Rinzai Zen and governs more than 120 temples and one monastery.[1][2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Dumoulin, 205
  2. ^ Head Temples


Coordinates: 35°04′52″N 136°19′12″E / 35.081°N 136.320°E / 35.081; 136.320