|Location||41 Eigenjitakano-cho, Higashiohmi-shi, Shiga-ken, 527-0212|
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.
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.
- Listed in The 100 Views of Nature in Kansai
- Dumoulin, 205
- Head Temples
- Dumoulin, Heinrich (2005). Zen Buddhism: A History. World Wisdom, Inc. ISBN 0-941532-90-9.
- "Head Temples - Eigen-ji". Official Site of the Joint Council for Japanese Rinzai and Obaku Zen. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
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