Buddhistic priest and chief minister (Kancho) of theTofuku-Ji School of
the Rinzai-Shu Sect of Zen Buddhism.
Ekyo was born in Isobe Town of Mie Prefecture in 1896.
His surname was Ichikawa.
When Ekyo was 12 years old, he received a Buddhistic cult (Tokudo) from
Hayashi Eshin, the chief priest of the Seiden-Ji Temple.
At that time, Ekyo changed his surname from Ichikawa to Hayashi.
In 1930, he became the chief priest of the Myoshin-Ji Temple.
In 1950, he became the chief priest of the Tofuku-Ji Temple, and also became
the chief minister (Kancho) of the Tofuku-Ji School of the Rinzai-Shu Sect.
Ekyo deceased on December 13 of 1979 at the age of 84.