Friday, January 5, 2018

Dizang Temple 地藏庵 in Xinzhuang 新莊, Taibei

Photo by Jiang Wu

Dizang Temple 地藏庵 is a beautiful place in Xinzhuang 新莊, Taibei. It is next to the hotel I lived during my stay from Dec. 18-23, 2017. Here is a short discription.

"Built in 1757, Dizang Buddhist Temple is also named as Public Temple or Public Master Temple 大眾廟. It used to worship public masters of civil and military, but now it worships Ksitigarbha Bodhisatva. From two days before May 1st, a folk custom event will be held: "Anfang", which is a ritual to drive away ghosts; and on May 1st, there will be a grand activity held to pray for the safety of people. This is an annual event and the climax of the activity: people from the temples in this town will form a big group and hand out Xianguang Cake and safety charms to bless those who are luckyenough to have them."




Saturday, December 30, 2017

Master Yinyuan's 隐元 Death Poem at Foguang Shan 佛光山



During my trip to Foguang shan in Nov. 2017, I noticed that Master Yinyuan's 隱元 death poem was inscribed onto the wall outside the Foguang Yuan Art Gallery 佛光緣美術館.

A Chan stick from the West,
          Stirs up a powerful wind
Conjures up a Huangbo mountain, 
          enduring without dominating
Today I put down 
          both body and mind
Suddenly transcend the dharma realm, 
          becoming one with the true emptiness

西来楖栗振雄风,幻出檗山不宰功.
今日身心俱放下,顿超法界一真空.

《隱元禪師全集》第十卷,頁5055;第十一卷,頁 5439

Photo by Jiang Wu

Monday, December 18, 2017

Galen Eugene Sargent's collection of Willem Grootaer's Articles

During my research of W. A. Grootaers, I checked out a bound packet of collected papers by Grootaers. It is very likely bound by Galen Eugene Sargent 金萨静 because one of the copies has Grootaers' Chinese signature on it, dated June 20, 1957. G. E. Sargent authored several books, including Tchou Hi contre le Bouddhisme (Zhu Xi against Buddhism, 1955). He was later a professor at Indiana University and died in 1975. The collection of his books is now in the library of Institute of Advanced Studies of World Religions in New York.




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Duli Xingyi's 獨立性易 Calligraphy at Worcester Art Museum

I have been to Worcester Art Museum before but never noticed they have a piece of calligraphy by the Obaku monk Duli Xingyi (1596-1672). Duli was the contemporary of Yinyuan Longqi 隱元隆琦 but never received Yinyuan's Dharma Transmission. The painting was done by Unkoku Toeki 雲谷等益 (1591-1644).

http://www.worcesterart.org/collection/Japanese/1983.32.html

OBAKU DOKURYU (Calligrapher)
Japanese, 1596-1672
Painting traditionally attributed to Unkoku Toeki, 1591-1644
Daruma
Signature: Shoeki Dokuryu shi Haidai
Seals: (upper) Dokuryu, (lower) Tengai Ichikanjin
Alexander H. Bullock Fund
1983.32

Copyright Notice

This painting of Daruma (Bodhidharma), the Indian monk who traveled from India to China in the sixth century and founded Zen Buddhism, has a traditional attribution to Unkoku Toeki on the basis of interpolated seals. The calligraphy is of greater interest than the portrait, with which it shares a highly simplified style.

Dokuryu (Chinese: Tai Li) was a Chinese scholar and calligrapher who fled the Manchu conquest of his homeland and arrived in Japan in 1653. He took the name Dokuryu when he became a monk under Ingen, the Chinese founder of Mampukuji, the Obaku Zen temple near Kyoto. The Obaku sect was influential in the spread of contemporary Chinese culture in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868).

Dokuryu's cursive script shares characteristics with his Chinese contemporaries in the late Ming period and has a freedom and rhythm entirely its own, distinct from the calligraphic style of other Obaku Zen monk-calligraphers. The fluid brushwork seen here, with its contrast of wet and dry, light and dark ink, captures the typically irreverent Zen spirit of the inscription, which calls the subject (Daruma) "the old clot."

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jiun Sonja's 慈雲尊者 Calligraphy at Philadelphia Museum of Art


Philadelphia Museum of Art has a piece of calligraphy of Onkō Jiun飲光慈雲 , Japanese, 1718 - 1804, commonly known as Jiun Sonja. It is the title of the Lotus Sutra. See below for detailed cataloging description.


Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law (Myōhō Renge-kyō)

Onkō Jiun飲光慈雲 , Japanese, 1718 - 1804

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia
Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Date:
Late 18th century
Medium:
Ink on paper; mounted as a hanging scroll
Dimensions:
6 feet 9 inches × 26 1/2 inches (205.7 × 67.3 cm) Image: 48 7/16 × 22 5/8 inches (123 × 57.5 cm)
Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art
Object Location:
Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-198-1
Credit Line:

Purchased with the Hollis Family Foundation Fund, 2002
Label:

One the most talented and individualistic of Edo period calligraphers, Jiun was trained as a Buddhist monk and became renowned for his studies of the Sanskrit language. Jiun's calligraphy is most influenced by the brushwork of the Öbaku Zen monks, known as bokuseki (ink traces), although he seems consciously to ignore the rules of calligraphy in his free and idiosyncratic handling of ink and brush. The five-character inscription of this calligraphy reads myöhö renge-kyö, or Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law, referring to the canonical Buddhist text more popularly known simply as the Lotus Sutra.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Obaku Calligraphy by Hyakusetsu Genyō 百拙元養


Philadelphia Museum of Art has three pieces of calligraphy by the Japanese Obaku monk Hyakusetsu Genyō 百拙元養 (1668 - 1749). Hyakusetsu was Gaoquan Xingdun's 高泉性潡 dharma heir and was famous for painting and calligraphy. The three pieces were titled as "Three Poems" and their cataloging information is as follows:

Three Poems

Hyakusetsu Genyō, Japanese, 1668 - 1749

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia
Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Date:
Late 17th - early 18th century
Medium:
Ink on paper, mounted as a triptych of hanging scrolls
Dimensions:
Exclusive of mount, each: 37 1/8 × 10 1/4 inches (94.3 × 26 cm)
Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art
Object Location:
Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2008-89-1a--c
Credit Line:
Purchased with funds donated by Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D., and William M. Hollis, Jr., 2008

Label:
One of the early major Obaku monks born in Japan, Hyakusetsu studied poetry, painting and tea ceremony in Kyoto, as well as Rinzai Zen Buddhism. He was well-respected among the aristocratic circles of Kyoto, as a leader in both religious and in cultural circles. He founded a new temple, Hozoji in Western Kyoto in 1733.

Hyakusetsu's calligraphy is characterized by strong contrasts between wet and dry brushwork. This triptych of scrolls is an homage to his spiritual roots in Rinzai Buddhism and his teacher, Hyakuju.






Monday, November 13, 2017

Meet Master Hsing Yun (Xing Yun) 星雲



I was glad to be invited to the 2017 Buddhist University President Forum 佛光山大學校長論壇 and meet Master Hsing Yun (Xing Yun) 星雲 in person. He is a great man and in good health. He came again to see us off when we were about to depart.
https://www.nownews.com/news/20171104/2638017