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Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

CHINESE POEM TO CELEBRATE A SENIOR MONK’S SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY by Duzhan Xingying (Jp. Dokutan Shōkei)

Chinese Poem to Celebrate a Senior Monk’s Sixtieth Birthday, late 17th-early 18th century
Duzhan Xingying 獨湛性瑩 (Jp. Dokutan Shōkei, 1628-1706)
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
128.5 × 40.7 cm; 222 x 55.2 cm (mounted)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, 2020, 2020.396.9

 

For your venerable sixtieth birthday I inscribe an account of a sage,
While also paying homage to our Dharma Hall.
The mid-autumn osmanthus moon illuminates Heaven’s virtue
As waves of clouds form a canopy protecting our sacred monastery.
The light of the lantern of the Patriarchs burns ever so brightly,
And the seal of the transmission of mind manifests itself completely.
The gate of the monastery, has been opened wide
So all can bask in the fragrance of the Dharma.

[The poem] on the right was respectfully brushed by the recluse Dokutan Shōkei

— trans. Xiaohan Du

六旬寫仙籙

兼寫正法堂
桂月光天德
水雲護寳坊
祖燈光益熾
心地印全彰
華藏門大啓
普薰法乳香
右蒲茅獨湛
性瑩和南草

 

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