Thursday, January 12, 2012

Artwork of the Day #6/2012: Hakuin Ekaku (12)

Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768)
(Copyright owners please read the p.s. below)


Hakuin Ekaku, Daito Kokushi


The inscription above says:

All the great sages of the past
have ensured a bright future [for Zen]
Don't be fooled by the appearance of this old man.
He can take it without using hands,
if you can bring it without using your feet.




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P.S. Dear copyright owner of the picture, please contact me, if you don't want to see your picture above in this context! Your picture will of course be instantly removed! Thank you. S.K.G. The picture is taken from the dustcloth of the book: Heinrich Doumoulin, Die Geschichte des Zen-Buddhismus Band 2: Japan. Francke 1986. The Painting is taken from the beautiful volume: The Sound of one Hand. Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. Audrey Yoshiko Seo u. Stephen Adiss. Shambala Boston u. London 2010.