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Painting: Ink on Paper.
Painting: Ink on rice paper
The very essence of Zen Buddhism lies in the direct transmission of Buddha Sakyamuni's enlightenment to his followers. The Japanese Zen phrase Nenge Misho , “A Flower Held Up, [Mahakasyapa] Smiles" or alternatively "Holding a flower, a gentle smile" embodies this direct transmission of awakening from master to disciple, from mind to mind, heart to heart.
The beginning of this direct transmission of the Dharma is recorded in the following story:
One day Buddha Shakyamuni was staying at Mount Grdhrakuta. The whole assembly of followers was waiting for the Buddha to give a talk, but instead the Buddha turned a flower in his fingers. The whole audience kept silent and only the head disciple Mahakasyapa (Jap. Maha Kasho) smiled.
The Buddha then said:
"I have the all-pervading True Dharma, incomparable Nirvana, exquisite teaching of formless form. It does not rely on letters and is transmitted outside scriptures. I now hand it to Maha Kasho." (translation from the book 'The Gateless Barrier, Zen Comments On The Mumonkan', by Zenkei Shibayama )
I love the Zen saying Nenge Misho, because its magic expresses the beauty of awakening to the deepest truth of our being,our Buddha nature, with a flower and a smile.
The kanji of the Nenge Misho calligraphy are:
拈: Jap. Nen, to hold up
華 : Jap. Ke, flower
微 笑: Bishō, to smile (微 subtle, gentle , 笑 smile)
Original size of this Nenge Misho calligraphy in cm: 138 x 28,5 x 0,2 cm .
The original Nenge Misho calligraphy is not framed, to use the Oriental technical term, they are not mounted. I don't know if you are familiar with rice paper, but when you brush on it, it absorbs the ink and it wrinkles. Therefore the artwork needs to be mounted, which means it is stretched and flattened to take the wrinkles away. I can recommend you a mounter in California, US, who offers a good service and has reasonable prices.
For more information about mounting it please visit my website, at https://www.theartofcalligraphy.com/zen-art.
The artwork will be shipped rolled in a tube.
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