This is a delightful little Daruma in Jiho's distinctive style. The painting tells us: practice Zen sincerely and, sooner or later, enlightenment will blossom and bear much fruit.
Jiho was ordained a monk at age eighteen. He trained under many of the top Zen masters of the time, including Tekisui (Yamaoka Tesshu's Zen master) and eventually became a Dharma-heir of Mokurai, abbot of Kennin-ji in Kyoto, and an important figure in modern Zen history. In 1963, Jiho was appointed Abbot of ancient Kencho-ji in Kamakura, one of the oldest Zen temples in Japan. Jiho wrote a book entitled Seventy Years of Floating and Sinking in the Sea of Zen, and he was a prolific Zen artist.