PAINTINGS BY JAPANESE ZEN MASTERS
ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART
KASUMI BUNSHO (1905-1998)
Ink on paper
Size: 13" x 39 3/8" (17 7/8" x 73 1/8" with mounting)
Mounting: Mauve and taupe silk
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The old monkey hanging from the top branch says:
"You youngsters should not imitate me.
If you do, you will surely fail.
Just do zazen earnestly and you will develop true wisdom!"
(Signed) Chief Abbot of Myoshin-ji,
Jishunken (Bunsho's Zen master name)
The old monkey at the top branch is evidently speaking about his years of futility, trying to grasp the moon reflected on the water. In other words, "enlightenment is not something you can hold in your hands; chasing after a mirage will lead nowhere. Instead, realize the truth through intense meditation." The three monkeys may represent "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil," but more likely they are modeled on the monkeys in Hakuin's Zenga, who do not want to hear "The Sound of One Hand Clapping."
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