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He shut himself off from the world for a long time;
Flowers bloomed, autumn moons shined while he was engaged in Zen practice.
He proclaimed mysteries wordlessly,
And passed his true teaching to his disciples.
Taisho Ten [1910] autumn


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Dimensions: 16.5x78

Purchase Ref #: 2342

Gallery: Oka Kyugaku

Scroll Notes: Wooden box, new mounting, excellent condition.


Daruma is rarely portrayed like this, standing full-face. His posture is a kind of challenge: "Here I come, right at you. Better get your Zen act together."

About the Artist

Kyugaku was a well-known Soto Zen Abbot. Talented at calligraphy, painting, and poetry, he produced many interesting and unusual zenga.

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