Ashikaga Shizan “Ordinary mind is the way”

ID 00109

Ashikaga Shizan


Zen Rinzai. The 593rd chief abbot of Myoshin-ji and the 526th of Hoko-ji. The zen master of Manju-ji monastery.

Ordinary mind is the way. Kan’un 100 years old.


Paper Dimension 130*33

Whole Dimension 198*44.5

Sumi ink on paper. Normal style silk mounting. Paper and mounting are fine. 

Paulownia box

Price 100,000JPY

Honorific 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.