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Zen: Buddhist Tradition in Ishikawa
Zen is a school of Buddhist thought and practice with deep roots in Japan, emphasizing meditation over scripture and ritual. The significance of mindfulness in Zen has driven its popularity overseas in recent decades.
Ishikawa has long been a center of Zen thought and practice. Sojiji Temple, one of the two head temples of the Soto school, was originally located on the Noto Peninsula (now in Yokohama). The Maeda family, the daimyo lords who ruled what is now Ishikawa from 1583 to 1869, were adherents of Soto Zen Buddhism. They encouraged the Zen practice and the building of temples.
Prominent Zen philosophers D.T. Suzuki (1870–1966), credited with popularizing Zen in the West, and Nishida Kitaro (1870–1945), who incorporated elements of Western philosophy into Zen, hailed from the prefecture. Today, visitors can learn about and experience Zen at museums, temples, and guided meditation sessions.