Quantcast

Reading a Sutra by Moonlight

Sokuhi Nyoichi (Jifei Rui) (1616–1671)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 10 13/16 x 23 7/8 in. (27.5 x 60.6 cm) Overall: 44 1/4 x 26 3/4in. (112.4 x 67.9cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.79
  • Description

    The Chinese monk Yinyuan Longqi (1592–1673), known in Japan as Ingen Ryōki, came to Japan in 1654, where he introduced a style of Chan, or Zen, Buddhism and spread Ming-dynasty culture. He built a temple called Manpukuji near Kyoto, and his school was known as the Ōbaku sect after a mountain near the temple site. Sokuhi Nyoichi (Chinese: Jifei Ruyi) was among the group of monks who accompanied Ingen Ryūki. Together, his painting and calligraphy express the profundity found in the quotidian rhythms of Zen monastic life. The poem reads:

    Moon and white paper are of
    one color.
    The pupil of the eye and the ink
    are both black.
    The marvelous meaning, lodged
    in the circle,
    Is beyond comprehension.

  • See also
    Who
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
49067

Close