Rejecting established institutions as Hakuin did, Sengai undertook the reconstruction of the Shôfuku-ji in Hakata, supposedly the first Zen temple ever established in Japan. There, he took on numerous students, and produced many works of painting and calligraphy. His works are known to have had a notable influence on postwar American modern art artists such as John Cage and Allen Ginsberg.
- Timon Screech, Obtaining Images, University of Hawaii Press (2012), 116-117.
- Alexandra Munroe, The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, Guggenheim Museum (2009).