Keizan: The Other Founder of Soto Zen

Updated: Jun 22

We take-up the life of an ancestor who help shift from monastic writing and teaching the Dharma to sharing it boundlessly: Keizan Jokin Zenji and why?

The short answer is... it's complicated. In the lineage of Dogen he was not a direct Dharma heir. Rather a middle of the pack monk with some interesting experIences:

  1. His grandmother was a nun and worked with Eihei Dogen

  2. His mother established her own monastery

  3. He compiled the definitive treatise on the awakening of ancestors from Shakyamuni to Ejo

  4. He used koans