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Standing Daruma

Vast emptiness, Nothing holy! (signed) Abbot of Kokusei-ji Kaio.


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Dimensions: 16x72

Purchase Ref #: 2373

Gallery: Furuhata Kaio

Scroll Notes: No box, original mounting, good condition.


When the Emperor Wu asked Bodhidharma, "What is the First Principle of Buddhism?" he replied, "Vast emptiness, nothing holy." That sums up the Zen interpretation of Buddhism: "All theories and doctrines are essentially worthless, more confusing than enlightening, and Buddha-nature is beyond holy or profane." Kaio's Darumas are quite impish and full of Zen humor.

About the Artist

Furuhata Kaio, longtime abbot of Kokusei-ji in Okayama, also served as 625th abbot of Myoshin-ji. Kaio was a creative Zen artist. His zenga are bright and graced with good humor.

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