Obaku Mokuan (1611-1684) - Zen jewel
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1700: Item # 1152897
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|Jewel by Obaku Mokuan (1611-1684). ''JEWEL, Its light is so bright and clear. Become one with the jewel within, To see how enlightenment benefits sentient beings. Autumn, Year of the Water Rat  Brushed by Obaku Mokuan''. This is a “One-Word Barrier” calligraphy, the kind of brushwork favored by Obaku Zen masters. A single, large character is placed on the paper and usually accompanied by an inscription in smaller script. The One-Word Barrier here is Shu “Jewel.” (It is also pronounced tama.) In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, jewel is known as mani (or cintamani), a magic gem that fulfills all wishes. In Zen, the best kind of magic jewel is “enlightenment.” Once precious enlightenment occurs, one has everything he or she needs. The inscription refers to the “jewel of enlightenment within” made manifest in the world of sentient beings. In other words, the jewel of enlightenment is not separate from the jewel of compassion. Translation and commentary by John Stevens. The image measures 11.5'' by 23'' (29 by 59 cm). The scroll measures 42'' by 25'' (106 by 64 cm). The image is in reasonably good condition. The mounting dates to the early 20th century and could probably do with a freshen up, though it is certainly not essential.|