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Seki Bokuô (1903-1991)
Rinsai Zenga
Shôchikubai, Pine, bamboo and plum
Signed: Bokuô
Seals: Bokuô. Kozui (tp)
Technique: sumi on paper 69,3 x 18,6 (3x)
Mounting: green cotton and grey purpole crushed paper
145 x 20,8 (3x)
Box: Inscribed box: 牧翁老師筆 松竹梅 三幅対 Bokuô rôshi, Shôchikubai, sanfukutai
Condition: fine

Shôchikubai, Pine, bamboo and plum are known as the three friends of the winter

The Rinzai Zen monk Seki Bokuô was the 241th generation abbot of the Tenryûji temple in Kyoto for a long time. Pupil and successor of Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945).

Seki Bokuo was born in Gunma prefecture and studied at the Keio university medical course before taking up formal Zen training. He became Dharma-Heir of Seki Seisetsu. He spent many years as Zen master and abbot of the Rinzai Zen Temple Tenryu-ji in Kyoto. He is well known for the numerous books on different aspects of Zen training written over his near half century at Tenryuji, and was a talented Zen artist. An important and influential Zen figure helping to spread understanding through the tumultuous 20th century.

Dujin #31-34 & 71-73