Perhaps the most celebrated of the iconoclastic throwbacks to authentic Zen—masters who maintained some authenticity in their practice in the midst of the political convolutions of fourteenth-century Japan and the organizational shenanigans of the official Rinzai Zen sect—was the legendary Ikkyu Sojun Ikkyu, a breath of fresh air in the stifling, hypocritical world of an institutionalized Zen, seems almost a reincarnation of the early Chan masters of the Tang. Few Zen masters have been as deeply or fondly assimilated into Japanese culture as Ikkyu. During his own lifetime, he endeared himself to his compatriots by his compassionate response to suffering, his blunt rejection of grandiosity and hypocrisy, his zany humor, and his unmonkish delight in the pleasures of the body, notably sex.
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Ikkyu is a student at St. Kleio Academy, and a supporting main protagonist of the series. He's part of the group of friends Shiro hangs out with and closely associates, and is in the third generation of clones created at the Academy.
He is the historical clone of the famous Japanese Zen Buddhist priest. Ikkyu has short black hair that's spiked to one side and partially covers his right eye. He wears rectangular shaped glasses which has apparently become to represent most of his identity, according to Ikkyu. His casual wardrobe mainly consists of sweat pants, jeans, and many hoodies. He also has really nice hips, as you can see on the book cover of volume 8.
Ikkyu is a very fun and outgoing character. He's also a really nice guy. Though nobody thinks so in the actual series, he provides comedic relief. He thinks of his glasses as Ikkyu, and as himself as a glasses stand because nobody recognizes him without his glasses.
A Buddhist monk of the Rinzai school in the middle Muromachi period. Sojun was rumored to be the illegitimate son of Emperor Go-Komatsu. In , at the age of five, he was sent to the Ankoku-ji temple, and in he became the student of an abbot called Ken'o at Saikin-ji temple. There he was known for his poetry, comical tanka poems, calligraphic works, and eccentricities. Many stories of Sojun's legendary wit were invented after his death.
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Ikkyu is a student at St. Kleio Academy, and a supporting main protagonist of the series. He's part of the group of friends Shiro hangs out with and closely associates, and is in the third generation of clones created at the Academy. He is the historical clone of the famous Japanese Zen Buddhist priest. Ikkyu has short black hair that's spiked to one side and partially covers his right eye.
Since his lifetime countless legends have been told about his weird acts and unmatchable wits. In this still popular anime, the protagonist Ikkyu-san is a boy who is kind and bright, helping people around him with his tonchi the ability to solve difficult questions in original ways and outfoxing Shogun-sama, who is always trying to trick him for fun. The image of Ikkyu Sojun in the real history was difficult to grasp, but he might not be such a likable person as depicted in the anime. It is said that he urinated on a newly built Buddhist statue which he had been asked to consecrate and on another occasion took a nap using a statue as his pillow. Ten days after the ceremony he put the following poem on the wall of the building and went away:.
Ikkyu Sojun’s Kyo’unshu
Every day, priests minutely examine the Law And endlessly chant complicated sutras. Before doing that, though, they should learn How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon. When we think of monks, we think of bald guys sitting around praying and studying all day long. Monks shirk women, booze, and other worldly pleasures. Back in the 15th century, one Zen monk turned this tradition on its back. Ikkyu Sojun decided to be true to himself and that meant regular trips to brothels. Ikkyu decided to challenge the established practices of Zen by doing the opposite.
He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals. It is generally held that he was the son of Emperor Go-Komatsu and a low-ranking court noblewoman. He was given the name Shuken, and learned about Chinese poetry , art and literature. He was openly critical of Kennin-ji's leadership in his poetry, disheartened with the social stratum and lack of zazen practice he saw around him. He did not stay long, and soon found himself at Saikin-ji in the Lake Biwa region where he was the sole student of an abbot named Ken'o. Ken'o was sporadic in his teaching style and was a strong believer in the supremacy of zazen. Kaso was much like Ken'o in his style.