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3 Calligraphic Shikishi by Japanese Zen Priest Fukushima Keido

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Three caliigraphic poem cards hand painted by Zen Priest Fukushima Keido and enclosed in their original paper storage sleaves. Each is 9-1/2 x 11 inches (24 x 28 cm) and are in fine condition.
The first is Sangetsu Hanrin (no) Aki (Reflecting on the Autumn Moon From the poem by Li Po, also known as Li Bai 701-762)
The second reads Mu-shin (The mind without the mind)
The third Kokoro Kiyo(kereba) Hyaku Ji Fu (With a pure heart all endeavors will naturally improve)
Fukushima Keido (1933-2011) renounced the secular world at age 14 to appease the spirit of his deceased sister and grandmother. While training under Okada Kido he continued his mandatory Junior High School education. He continued his education, eventually graduating Otani University with a Doctorate in Chinese Buddhism. From then he moved from Tofukuji to Nanzenji to train under Shibayama Zenkei from whom he received Inka and with whom he first traveled to America in 1969. Like the pioneering Suzuki and Zenkei before him, he had an immense influence on Zen in the US, spending a great deal of his time proselytizing there through retreats in Little Rock Arkansas and University lectures. Concomitantly he served as head priest of Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto, one of the centers of Rinzai Zen. For much more on this important figure see Zen No Sho: The Calligraphy of Fukushima Keido Roshi. Also Zenmi, A taste of Zen.