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Barrier Calligraphy


The great way has no gate, but a thousand paths are on it;

Pass this barrier and the universe will be yours!

Brushed at the request of Mr. Ikeda by

Hekiun [Joten's Zen-master name].


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Dimensions: 84 in x 25.5 in

Purchase Ref #: 4197

Gallery: Miura Joten

Scroll Notes: Good condition with some folds in the mounting. Quite large.


In old Japan, there were barriers set up along the main route to serve as a gate between one district to the next. A traveler needed to pass though the gate, stating the  reason for the journey and presenting proper documentation. In Zen training, a koan is barrier that the student must shatter before moving on to the next level.

About the Artist

Miura Joten was born in Sendai in northern Japan. He was a dharma heir of Matsubara Banryu, and served as a longtime abbot of Zuigan-ji in Matsushima, one of the most beautiful Zen temples in Japan. Joten was also primate of the Myoshin-ji branch of Rinzai Zen from 1949 to 1952. He was a creative and prolific Zen artist.

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