Mumon Gensen

Mumon Gensen (Japanese: 無文元選, March 22, 1323 - May 7, 1390) was a Japanese Zen priest, believed as an illegitimate son of Emperor Go-Daigo. In 1340, the next year of Go-Daigo death, Gensen became a priest at Kennin-ji, Kyoto, a major Rinzai-zen affliated temple. He went to China ruled by Yuan dynasty to study Zen much further, and after his return to Japan, founded Hōkō-ji in Tōtōmi Province, now Shizuoka Prefecture.

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  • Mumon Gensen (1323 - 1390) [was] a Japanese Rinzai monk of the Ashikaga period, Mumon Gensen was born in Kyoto, the son of Emperor Go-daigo. He entered Buddhist orders at age seven, and at eighteen entered the Zen monastery Kennin-ji. In 1384, Gensen founded a Rinzai Zen monastery in Totomi.
  • Hökö-ji was founded in 1383, the first year of Genchū era under the reign of Gokameyama Tennö, by Mumon Gensen (1323–1390). Mumon Gensen was a prince and became a monk at the age of eighteen. He served under Ka'o Sonen (d. 1345) and Sesson Yubai (1290–1346) at Kennin-ji. He went to China and received the Inka from Kobai Shöyü (1285–1352).
    • Yu-hsiu Ku. History of Zen. 2016. p. 103