Friday, January 28, 2011

Zen Buddhism Japanese Calligraphy Scroll

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The calligraphy for this scroll was not written by Yoshimi Maples, or Ryugyoku. It was written by Taiten Kaneta Roshi, a zen master that is the 25th Abbot of the Soto Zen Temple Tsudai-jikurihara in Miyagi Prefecture. Meaning of the scroll as follows thanks to Regina Oberndorfer and Reverend Fujita.

只管打坐  shikantaza (Jusit sitting)

證上修 shoojoo(no)shuu (practice on the basis of the realization)

初発心時 shoposshinji (At the moment of arousing the mind for the awakening for the first time)

辨成正覚 benjoo shoogaku (understand and accomplish the true awakening)

三昧王三昧 zammai oozanmai (Samadhi king of samadhis)

盡十方界 jin jippookai (The entire world of the ten directions)

自己全身 jiko(no)zenshin (Whole body of the self)

本証通身 honshoo tuushin (Original realization penetration throughout the body)

妙修出身 myoosyuu syusshin (Wondrous practice coming out of the body)

The scroll is done as a yokojiku scroll. The Brass/Bronze color cloth is complemented with a Gold on Brown Ichimonji. Both the Kinran and the Kireji seem to make the gold and silver in the paper to be easily seen. This is the widest hashira that I have ever put on a scroll, and in some cases, it may have been a better choice to attach narrow pillars on the sides to create a Rinpou Hyougu scroll.

The customer also requested that Suji be put on this wallscroll. So this is not a typical Fukuro Hyougu style scroll in that it incorporates an Ichimonji with the work. The scroll has some beautiful finishing touches of an ebony/rosewood Jikusaki with a Gold band circling the end and a dark blue/black Hanging string.

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Centimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 95 287.85 11.33

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 33.33 1.31

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 218 660.54 26.01

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 83 251.49 9.90

柱 Pillars 50 151.5 5.96

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 21.21 0.84

地 Chi 72 218.16 8.59

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 318 963.54 37.93

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 268 812.04 31.97

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