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Rinzai (臨剤, りんざい)

The first school of Zen Buddhism on Japanese soil. It was founded in the 12th century during the Kamakura period (鎌倉時代, かまくらじだい, 1185 – 1333), and it still exists till today throughout Japan in its numerous branches. Its influence over the military and culture was remarkable, and also extended to calligraphy.

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