Kobori Nanrei Sohaku

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Kobori Nanrei Sōhaku
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Religion Rinzai
Born 1918
Died 1992
Senior posting
Based in Ryōkōin
Title Roshi
Religious career
Students James H. Austin

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