Kobori Nanrei Sohaku

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Kobori Nanrei Sōhaku
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Senior posting
Based inRyōkōin

Kobori Nanrei Sōhaku (小堀 南嶺) (1918—1992) was a Japanese Rinzai roshi and former abbot of Ryōkōin, a subtemple of Daitoku-ji in Kyoto, Japan.[1] A student of the late Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki,[2] Sōhaku was fluent in English[1] and known to hold regular sesshins until the 1980s which many Americans attended.[1] One of his American students is James H. Austin, author of Zen and the Brain.[2] Austin writes of his teacher, "This remarkable person, Kobori-roshi, inspired me to begin the long path of Zen and stick to it. As a result, I have since continued to repair my ignorance about Zen and its psychophysiology during an ongoing process of adult reeducation."[3]


  1. ^ a b Levine, xliii
  2. ^ Franck, 84
  3. ^ Austin, 175


  • Austin, James H. (2003). Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-51135-5.
  • Franck, Frederick (2004). The Buddha Eye: An Anthology of the Kyoto School and Its Contemporaries. World Wisdom, Inc. ISBN 0-941532-59-3.
  • Hori, Victor G. (Autumn 1992). "My Companion as I Return to the Village Without Moon: Kobori Nanrei, 1918-1992". The Eastern Buddhist. Eastern Buddhist Society. XXV (2): 149–152. ISSN 0012-8708. OCLC 1771007.
  • Levine, Gregory P.A. (2005). Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-295-98540-2.