Keian Genju

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For the Japanese era, see Keian (1648-1652).
Keian Genju at Kagoshima
Tomb of Keian Genju in Kagoshima

Keian Genju (桂庵 玄樹, 1427 – June 28, 1508) was a Japanese Buddhist monk [1][2] who studied classics under Ishō at Nanzen-ji.[3]

Keian accompanied the 1466 mission to the Ming court in China. In Beijing, he was favored by the Chenghua Emperor.[4] Keian delayed his return to Japan until 1475.[4]

Keian was the first to translate Zhu Xi's Collective Commentaries on the Great Learning into Japanese.[5]

Keian founded Satsunan-gakuha, a neo-confucianist school in Kagoshima.[6]

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  1. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Sovereign and Subject, p. 242-246.
  2. ^ Iwao, Seiichi et al. (2002). Dictionnaire historique du Japon (Vol. I), p. 1490.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 243.
  4. ^ a b Ponsonby-Fane, p. 244.
  5. ^ Xinzhong Yao. (2005). An Introduction to Confucianism, p. 127.
  6. ^ Iwao, Seiichi et al. (2002). Dictionnaire historique du Japon (Vol. II), p. 2376.