The 800th Memorial of the Yosai Roots of Zen: Yosai and the Treasures of Kenninji
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The year 2014 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of the priest Yosai (1141–1215), who founded Kenninji Temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. Yosai disseminated the Zen teachings of the Rinzai sect in Japan. In commemoration of Yosai’s achievements, noted treasures from the Kenninji Temple’s collection are on display, including the screen paintings “Wind and Thunder Gods,” a National Treasure by Sotatsu Tawaraya, master painter of the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods. Treasures owned by the Kenninji sect and by temples associated with Yosai will also be introduced, revealing the cultural accomplishments of Kenninji Temple.
[Image: Sotatsu Tawaraya “Wind and Thunder Gods” (17th century) Kenninji Temple Collection, Kyoto]