Kōshū Itabashi is confirmed dead at the age of 93.
Kōshū was best known as a Japanese Sōtō Zen master.
Kōshū Itabashi
TitleZenji(閑月即心)
Kancho (Religion)
Personal
Born
Nagaoki

1927
Died2020
Japan
ReligionZen Buddhism
NationalityJapanese
SchoolSōtō
EducationTohoku University
Naval Academy of Japan
Senior posting
TeacherGenshū Watanabe
Giyen Inoue
Based inSojiji
PredecessorRyūtan Matsumoto
SuccessorGenshū Imamura
Kōshū Itabashi (板橋 興宗, Itabashi Kōshū, 1927-2020) was a Sōtō Zen master who is the 23rd abbot of Sojiji, abbot of Gotanjoji in Takefu, Fukui, and abbot of Daijoji in Kanazawa, Ishikawa all in Japan.
He was born in Tagajo, Miyagi in 1927. He graduated from the Naval Academy of Japan in 1945. He also graduated in religious studies at Tohoku University in 1953. He became a Sōtō Zen monk according to Genshū Watanabe. He was trained in Sojiji and he studied under Giyen Inoue in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.
He succeeded Ryūtan Matsumoto in Daijoji and became Tanto Roshi of Sojiji leading monks. He became Godo Roshi of Sojijisoin, abbot of Daijoji. He also devised chair Zazen.
He was elected vice abbot of Sojij, and became the 23rd abbot of Sojiji and Sotozen Superintendent Master (Kancho) in 1998.
He retired as abbot of Sojiji in 2002. He became abbot Sojijisoin. And he was revived Gotanjoji.
Works
Ryokan and Dogen (Kounsha, 1986)
Breath of Life (Shunjusha, 2008)
Thank you (Samgha, 2009)
Breathing Buddha (Kadokawa, 2011)
With a Soft Heart (Northen Press,2012)
Living like a cat (Nigensha, 2013)
"Atarimaedeii"(Rissho Koseikai Pub., 2015)
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