Monday, October 26, 2015

Kobayashi Jido Shizan 小林 紫山 1877~1938 (1877/11/16-1934/11/27)

The second most important figure in this post-Edo Meian-ha history, after Taizan, is Kobayashi Jido Shizan. He "enhanced" the honkyoku that Taizan had collected, possibly by organizing them into the teaching regimen of 32 honkyoku, with its levels of achievement and ability, similar to the same system found in the Kinko-ryu. He also notated and published them in the form that is still in use today. Shizan was the 36th abbot of Meianji from 1914.