Ashikaga Shizan “Moon reflected on water”

ID 00162

Ashikaga Shizan


Zen Rinzai. The 593rd chief abbot of the Myoshin-ji. and 526th chief abbot of the Hoko-ji in Shizuoka. Zen master of Manjyu-ji monastery in Ooita.


The moon reflected on the water. Kan’un 100 years old.


A metaphor for something that can be seen but cannot be held in the hand. Also, a metaphor for something that can be sensed but cannot be expressed in words.

Paper dimension 122*35

Whole dimension 193*36

Sumi ink on paper, there are few spots. Normally style silk mounting, fine. Both are original.

Paulownia boxed.


Price 80,000JPY

Pen name Muishitsu, Kanun shitsu. He was born in Ichinomiya, Aichi prefecture. He was ordained under Yorei who as abott of Seiken-ji in Shizuoka. Then he studied under Zen master Tairyu in Syogen-ji monastery in Gifu. He moved to Syokoku-ji in kyoto upon Tairyu’s death and continue to study under Zen master Ogino Dokuon. After many years of hard work, eventually, he was transmitted dharma from Ogino Dokuon. At 36 years old, he settled in Manjyu-ji in Oita. He founded a monastery and nursery school there. In 1927, he received the invitation to position as a chief abbot in Hoko-ji monastery and moved to there. In 1946, he retired from Hokoji Temple and returned to Oita, but in 1951, he became the chief abbot of the Hoko-ji School again, a position he held until his death in 1959. He died 101 yeras old. His calligraphy of his later years has been praised as exquisite.

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