Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2

Traditional Haiga

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Daruma Shikishiban by Seki Seisetsu

Scroll Calligraphy:
" To open the flower of the mind and receive the teaching,
A man stood buried in the snow -
It was not poison but rather the tasty teaching of the
Buddha: A precious jewel that illumines the world."

Taisho 25 (1925) Monk's Grove, Respectfully Brushed by Seisetsu While Kindling Incense.
The Second Patriarch of Zen stood deep in the snow outside Daruma's cave to show his determination to become Daruma's disciple. Thus, the teaching of Zen was transmitted and spread throughout the world. Seisetsu was abbot of Tenryu-ji, a major Zen temple in Kyoto, and was a prolific Zen artist. Portraits of Daruma were his specialty, and this is one of his finest.
Age: Early 20th century

Media: Ink on paper
Size: 24 X 79


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