Biography Takeda. Mokurai 竹田 黙雷 (1854 - 1930)
Takeda Mokurai, which literally translates to 'silent thunder', was one of the most influential zen priests of his time and at the age of 39, in 1892, he became the abbot of one of the oldest Zen temples in Kyoto, Kennin-ji. He had become a monk at the age of ten, receiving his official enlightenment from Yûzen Gentatsu (1842-1918) in 1888. He was actively involved with artists of the day, including Tsuji Kakô, who studied with him for thirty years, starting in 1895.
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Mokurai was known for his humour and unconventional behaviour. Chapter 3 in Audrey Yoshiko Seo's and Stephen Addiss' book The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen, 1998, deals with Mokurai and his teacher Yûzen.