Fuke Zenji – The
Zhenzhou Puhua (Japanese Fuke Zenji) was a Chinese Chan (Zen) master and eccentric. The most popular story of Fuke tells of him going through his home town ringing a bell to summon others to enlightenment. The Komuso of the Fuke shu saw a parallel between this “calling to enlightenment” with Fuke’s bell and the use of the shakuhachi as a spiritual aid. So they named their order the Fuke shu in his honor. Pieces such as Reibo and Kyorei are named after Fuke’s bell, rei being the Japanese word for a small hand bell.