Zen Obaku. Jiun-zan Zuiryu-Ji, Osaka. The first printer of the sutra with wood blocks in Japan ( which were available only in China at that time ).
Pine tree, The Green color of pine tree increasingly stands out after the various flowers bloom and fallen, A crane voice is so clear even in the midst of noisy cry of birds. Jiun Tetsugen.
Paper Dimension 54*18
Whole Dimension 115.5*58.5
Vertical tea ceremony style silk mounting. Sumi ink on paper fine. Mounting good.
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, he became a monk at the age of 13 years and visited Nagasaki to meet Ingen Ryuki in his 26 years old. Later he practiced Zen under Mokuan and received Dharma transmission in 1676. He resolved to make a print all the Buddhist scripture from a wood blocks from about 1665. He was invited to be the re-founder of Zuiryu-ji in Osaka. He contributed all collected voluntary subscriptions of the wood block printing for twice famines in Osak. He was said to save more than ten thousands peoples’ life. He was called the Savior of Osaka. He had to raise funds three times, so people said he could publish all the Buddhist scripture three times. He died suddenly at his age 53 during he was engaging himself in the relief work.