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Monks coming and going, Ink on paper in a silk border patterned with clouds with bone rollers. The inscription reads One bowl, the offering of a thousand houses; Walking, walking, this Buddhist path (Translation Stephen Addiss). They are 28.5 x 192 cm (11-1/4 x 76 inches) in overall good condition, minor wrinkles with one crease bottom right. For an identical set of scrolls see the book “The Art of Twentieth Century Zen (1999).
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor. He was finally accepted into the Kaiseiji temple under Nakahara Nantenbo. He accompanied his mentor on lecture tours of the country, constantly studying. In 1924 he moved to Empukuji in Kyoto to study under Kuzuki Tesso, and was subsequently appointed to head a temple in Taiwan, Then Kumamoto, Kaiseiji and finally Empukuji. A quiet man, fond of sake, he has been somewhat overshadowed by his firebrand forbearer, but is fondly remembered within Japan as a devout and wise figure cut down in the prime of his development. He left a large number of works for following generations to ponder.