Genshin was born in Ijiki (today, part of Kagoshima City) in Satsuma province. He was entered into the Buddhist priesthood as a child, and came under the tutelage of Gessho Gentoku, becoming an expert in Song Dynasty Neo-Confucianism. Genshin left Kyushu to study at the Shinnyo-ji and Kennin-ji temples in Kyoto, but eventually returned to become head priest at the Ankoku-ji in Obi, in Hyûga province.
- Takatsu Takashi, “Ming Jianyang Prints and the Spread of the Teachings of Zhu Xi to Japan and the Ryukyu Kingdom in the Seventeenth Century,” in Angela Schottenhammer (ed.), The East Asian Mediterranean: Maritime Crossroads of Culture, Harrassowitz Verlag (2008), 257.