Sodō Yokoyama

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Sodō Yokoyama
Senior posting
TeacherKodo Sawaki
SuccessorJōkō Shibata

Sodō Yokoyama (横山祖道, Yokoyama Sodō) was a Japanese Sōtō Zen teacher of the 20th century. Also known as the Leaf Flute Zen Master (草笛禅師, Kusabue Zenji), he was famous for residing in a public park in Komoro in Nagano Prefecture where he practiced zazen and played songs for travelers by whistling on a leaf. He had resided at Antai-ji for eight years from 1949 to 1957 as a student of Kodo Sawaki before moving to Komoro in 1959. He continued his life in the park until his death in 1980.[1][2]


  1. ^ Braverman, Arthur (2003), Living and Dying in Zazen, Weatherhill, ISBN 978-0834805316
  2. ^ Braverman, Arthur (2017), The Grass Flute Zen Master: Sodo Yokoyama, Counterpoint, ISBN 978-1619029132

See also[edit]

  • Slek leaf whistle or flute as used in Cambodia. Same type of instrument that Sodō Yokoyama played, different culture.

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