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Komuso Buddhist Monks

虚無僧 (Komusō)


The komuso were a group of Japanese mendicant monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism who flourished during the Edo period of 1600-1868. Komuso were characterized by a straw bascinet (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai or tengui) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They practiced suizen, which is meditation through the blowing of a shakuhachi (a type of Japanese bamboo flute), as opposed to zazen, which is meditation through sitting as practiced by most Zen followers. See "Komuso". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-12-12.

SHAKUHACHI PLAYERS/KOMUSO- 1950s WOODBLOCK PRINT By SANZO WADA (Kyoto Hanga-In)



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