Kamakura Kencho-ji Temple 1

Kamakura Kencho-ji Temple 2

Kencho-ji Temple is first in rank of the five great Zen Temples of Kamakura and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. The Founder of Kencho-ji was Lan-hsi Tao-lung (1213-1278), a Chinese Zen Master of the Sung Dynasty. He left China in 1246 to teach Zen in Japan.