PAINTINGS BY JAPANESE ZEN MASTERS
ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART
Taiju Shishin (1774–1849)
Ink on paper
Size: 22 x 10 ĺ inches (24 x 49 Ĺ overall)
Mounting: Brown and beige raw silks
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|Serenely wade the stream and
with the sound of flowing water;
leisurely gaze and track the flight
of soaring birds.
The inscription is part of an accompanying verse from Case Six of the Hekiganroku, Ummonís "Every day is a good day" koan. Thus the enso here symbolizes the perfection and completion of each and every day, as well as the necessity of quieting down to become one with nature.
The brushstrokes are bright and lucid. This fine enso painting is an intriguing and attractive Zenga.
Taiju was abbot of Tofuku-ji, one of the major Rinzai Zen temples in Kyoto. Taiju brushed many pieces of Zen art, but enso by him are comparatively rare.
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