EIHEI-JI BUDDHIST TEMPLE 183 PHOTOS Association Copy INSCRIBED by KEIBUN Abbot at Jojoki Temple

EIHEIJI TEMPLE. Published in Japan, Showa 54 (1979).

Softcover Book in Illustrated Dustjacket, 8.5x10 inches. Contains 183 b&w photographs, with captions in Japanese and English, of all aspects of the Temple, plus some introductory color plates. There are also some pages of text in Japanese and in English, including a listing of the b&w illustrations.

VERY GOOD condition, just lightly used, tight, bright, clean and clear.

SIGNED and INSCRIBED in the year of publication by KEIBUN a Zen Abbot who has an association to Eijeiji and to Zen in America: "Kuni and Ruth / To memorise for us to have enjoyed wonderful time at Eiheiji Temple / 28th July 1979 / Keibun".

About EIHEI-JI (from Wikipedia):

******Eihei-ji is one of two main temples of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, the largest single religious denomination in Japan. Eihei-ji is located about 15 km east of Fukui in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. In English, its name means "temple of eternal peace" (in Japanese, 'ei' means "eternal", 'hei' means "peaceful", and 'ji' means "Buddhist temple").

About KOBUN and KEIBUN and their ASSOCIATION to EIHEIJI (from the JIKOJI ZEN CENTER website):

******In 1967 a ship arrived in San Francisco. Aboard was a Zen Priest, carrying with him a large bronze bell and a mukugio sent as gifts to honor the establishment of the first Zen Monastery in America. It was a fateful journey. The instruments would later burn in a fire at Tassajara Monastery and the young, shy priest would not return to live permanently in Japan.

In 1957, Kobun went to Komazawa University in Tokyo. He subsequently did his monastic training at Eiheiji. He received dharma transmission from Koei Chino Roshi in Kamo in 1962. After finishing the three year training at Eiheiji, he returned to Kyoto to complete a Masters in Mahayana Buddhism. By the time he was 30, Kobun was a classically educated Zen priest. He was offered a post at Eiheiji, the central training monastery of Soto Zen, where he trained incoming monks in the ceremonial forms of Zen.

The Japanese word for foreigner is Gaijin, a phrase meaning barbarian. After centuries of isolation the word Gaijin had no better definition then the Americans who were arriving at Eiheiji in the 1960s. Although he didn't know it yet, Kobun was about to become part of a social revolution in America. The choice that brought him there was not one of politics, but simple compassion.

Far away, in San Francisco, another Japanese priest who had been sent to run the local Zen temple had quietly started to work with a group of Americans interested in expanding their consciousness. The little sitting group grew quickly into the San Francisco Zen Center and Suzuki had managed to get a few of these Gaijin into Eiheiji for training. Subsequently other Zen Centers opened in America with the help of Kobun and his brother.

Kobun named one countryside site Jikoji (see Jikoji's website) meaning Compassion Light Temple. His elder brother, Hojosama KEIBUN, Abbott of the family temple in Japan, Jokoji, came to America to inaugurate the new temple with a Dai Segaki, a Hungry Ghost Ceremony. (He subsequently took some American Buddhists to spend time at Eiheiji.)******

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