Monday, August 15, 2011

Thoughts of the Day #30/2011: Shin'ichi Hisamatsu (5)

Shinichi Hisamatsu (1889-1980)
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Today, it is again Zen-Time. This time it is the japanese Zen-Master Shinichi Hisamatsu, who was a philosopher, a Zen-Buddhist and a Master of Japanese Tea-Ceremony. Hisamatsu is also known for his calligraphies. Hisamatsu had signed his calligraphies with the word "post-modernist" long before Lyotard came up with his idea of postmodernity. In the 1950's Hisamatsu founded a new Zen-Institut for his own brand of Zen, called F.A.S.-Zen. This is an abbreviation for Formless Self, Allmankind and Superhistorical history. Today I have chosen another one of the poems Hisamatsu left, when he died, at the age of ninety (translation Masao Abe):


Awakened to the Formless Self,
Dying without Death,
Born in the Unborn,
I move throughout the Three Worlds
With utter ease.


- Shin'ichi Hisamatsu



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