) is a temple complex in Kyoto
. The Myoshin-ji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism
is the largest school in Rinzai Zen
. This particular school contains within it more than three thousand temples throughout Japan
, along with nineteen monasteries
. The head temple was founded in the year 1342 by the venerable Zen Master Kanzan Egen Zenji
(1277-1360). Nearly all of the buildings were destroyed in the Ōnin War
, however, many of them have since been rebuilt.
A notable difference between this and other schools of Rinzai Zen is that the Myoshin-ji school does not necessarily follow the set of established Koans for the sake of testing one's stage of enlightenment. Rather the Myoshin-ji school allows the master to specifically tailor Koans to a student's needs and background, though this method is occasionally met with a certain degree of hostility from the other schools in so far as it diverges from the traditionally accepted canon of Koans.