Sekko Soshin (雪江宗深)

Sekko Soshin (1408 - July 12, 1486) was a priest of the Rinzai Sect from the middle of the Muromachi period to the Sengoku period (period of warring states) (Japan). His original family name was Noma. His posthumous name was Soshin. His pseudonym as a priest was Sekko. His shigo (a posthumous name) was Butsunichi Shinsho Zenji. He was born in Settsu Province.

In his childhood, he entered Goyo-an, Kennin-ji Temple in Kyoto, where he studied under Bunei to become a priest. He later practiced Zen meditation under Nippo Soshun of Zuisen-ji Temple in Owari Province. He then studied under Giten Gensho, who later became the founder of Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, and succeeded to the teachings. He succeeded to Ryoan-ji Temple after Giten died, and served as the chief priest of Myoshin-ji Temple, Kaisei-ji Temple in Settsu Province, Kannon-ji Temple in Kawachi Province, Zuisen-ji Temple in Owari Province and Ryoko-ji Temple in Tanba Province before assuming the position of chief priest of Daitoku-ji Temple in Kyoto in 1462. He escaped to Ryuko-ji Temple in Tanba Province during the Onin War (1467-1477), and received an Imperial order from the Emperor Gotsuchimikado after the war to revive Daitoku-ji Temple, Myoshin-ji Temple and Ryoan-ji Temple with support from Katsumoto HOSOKAWA and Masamoto HOSOKAWA.

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