Origin of Kongo Zen

Bodhidharma brought ekkingyo to Chinese Buddhism

Approximately 1500 years ago the Indian monk, Bodhidharma, left his native land to revive the proper teachings of Buddha in China. He is well known in Asia for his introduction of zazen meditation (sitting serenely) to China. Along with zazen he also taught ekkingyo during his stay at the Suzan Shorinji (Shaolin Temple) in what is now known as Hunan province. These disciplines were widely used by Buddhist devotees, and, in time, they formed the basis for the techniques of the martial arts which spread throughout China.

Kaiso studied Kita Shorin Giwamon Ken

The art which Kaiso Doshin So studied in China was known as the Ken (fist) of Kita Shorin Giwamon, and was originally a martial art and training method in the teachings of Buddha. It was not designed for the goals of fighting or defeating others, but as a method of learning self-control, physical and mental balance, and mutual growth through practice.

Kaiso taught Arahan no Ken

Kaiso Doshin So taught Arahan no Ken to the young people who gathered at his dojo, and through it, he gave them the necessary experiences to meet the challenges of their daily lives without giving up on their values or dreams. He realized that through Arahan no Ken’s mental and physical training, young people could gain self-confidence and courage as well as healthy and string bodies.