Kuri (kitchen)

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Kuri at Tenryū-ji.

A kuri (庫裏, lit. warehouse behind) or kuin (庫院, lit. warehouse hall) is the kitchen of a Zen monastery,[1] typically located behind the butsuden (or, Buddha Hall). Historically the kuri was a kitchen which prepared meals only for the abbot and his guests, though in modern Japan it now functions as the kitchen and administrative office for the entire monastery.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kinoshita, 259
  2. ^ Baroni, 201
  3. ^ Watanabe, 34


  • Baroni, Helen J. (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism. The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. ISBN 0-8239-2240-5.
  • Kinoshita, June; Palevsky, Nicholas (1998). Gateway to Japan. Kodansha International. ISBN 4-7700-2018-X.
  • Watanabe, Hiroshi (2001). The Architecture of Tokyo: An Architectural History in 571 Individual. Edition Axel Menges. ISBN 3-930698-93-5.