ZEN PAINTINGS
DANIELLE WILLIAMS

PAINTINGS BY JAPANESE ZEN MASTERS
17TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT

ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART

 

     TOREI ENJI (17211792)

Torei Enji was one of Hakuin's most prominent disciples. At the age of five, when the famous priest Kogetsu stayed with his family as a houseguest, Torei decided to become a monk. His parents first opposed the idea, but the determined Torei was finally able to convince them and was ordained at the age of nine. 

When he was twenty-three, Torei met and became the student of Hakuin, who awarded him a certificate of enlightenment after six more years of Zen practice. When Hakuin died, Torei became abbot of Ryutaku-ji Monastery in Mishima. This temple is still an active place of Zen study, and various monks from Ryutaku-ji have been instrumental in bringing Zen to the West. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL OF THE PAINTINGS BELOW HAVE BEEN SOLD
AND ARE FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY

 

"Mu"
by Torei
Exhibition: Zen Painting & Calligraphy. Yoko Woodson, Curator. June October 2001.
Published: Kinsei Zenrin Bokuseki. Tokyo: Shibunkaku 1974
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"Calligraphy"
by Torei

"Iron Staff"
by Torei

 

"Enso"
by Torei
Published: Stevens, John. Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Boston and London: Shambhala, 1995
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Torei Calligraphy on Red Daruma

 

"Zen Jewel"
by Torei

 

"Enso"
by Torei

 

"Calligraphy on Fan"
by Torei

 

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