Kogaku Soko

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Kogaku Soko (古岳宗亘) (1464 – June 24, 1548) was a Japanese Zen priest and poet. He is known for founding the Daisen-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen in Buddhism, one of the five most important Zen temples of Kyoto. He was posthumously named Daisho Kokushi.


Quotes about Kogaku Soko[edit]

  • Sōen played a major role in the tea world as an active tea participant and as a powerful abbot of several Zen temples around the Kansai, though he is primarily associated with Daitokuji. Like the Daitokuji priest Kogaku Sōkō (1465–1548) before him, Soen was particularly active as a bridge between Kyoto, and its large community of tea practitioners, and Sakai, the merchant city south of present-day Osaka that gave birth to the new breed of sixteenth-century tea masters.
    • Morgan Pitelka. Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History and Practice. 2013. p.
  • Kogaku Soko was granted the title Busshin Seito Zenji in 1522 (Daiei 2) by Emperor Go-Shirakawa, and was also granted the title Shobo Daisho Kokushi in 1536 (Tenmon 5) by Emperor Go-Nara.
    • "Daisen-In Zen Temple," at b-model.net/daisen-in/syokai.htm, 2018. (pnline here)