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Zen Calligraphy “Open” by Buddhist Nun Murase Myodo

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1980: Item # 1327440

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The character “Hiraku” Open (or to Open) in bold scratchy strokes by the infamous nun Murase Myodo. Open you mind, open the path to enlightenment, the path is open to all, but like this calligraphy work is not easy, it is dry and thorny and the gate must be passed. Ink on paper in a silk border with wood rollers. It is 24-1/2 x 48-1/2 inches (62 x 123.5 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Born in 1924 in Aichi, one of 9 children, a chance encounter with a nun in her village led her from the age of six pleading to join the sisterhood. Her parents finally relented, allowing her to enter Kogenji Temple in Kyoto at the age of 9. An adept student and writer, Myodo lost her arm and use of her right leg in a traffic accident in 1963. This is written with her left hand (she was right handed). She served as the head of Gesshinji Temple in Otsu, and is as famous for her fiery yet virtuous nature as she is for her Shojin-ryori Zen Kitchen, and her life served as a model for an Asahi morning Television series. She is without a doubt one of the most vivacious and wry characters I have ever personally met. Well known within Japan, her works are so rare they are almost impossible to find. The world will know her loss as she passed away in 2014.