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55. Yamada Mumon (1900-1988)
Rinzai Zenga
Shujin kô, Hero (The most important (Buddha))
Signed:
Seals: Taishitsu, Gaga sanjin, Rinzai Seishû (tp)
Technique: sumi on paper 99,5 x 27
Mounting: blue damask and beige damask
black lacquered rollers, 181 x 38,2
Box: signed
Condition: near fine

Mumon (Taishitsu) studied law in his youth, but was converted to the Buddhist life by a Confucian dictum: “Rather than becoming a lawyer, create a world where there is no need for courts.” In 1949 he became the president of Hanazono College and later he established the Institute of Zen Culture. He was elected chief abbot of Myôshin-ji in 1978.
During the 1960s Mumon travelled to several Southeast Asian countries to apologise for the war dead. He also visited the USA and Europe. He was one of the most famous masters of the Rinzai sect in the 20th century.

Reference:
Moog p. 318
Dujin p. 55-61, 88-89

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