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Kasumi Bunshô (1905-1998)
Zenga
Byôjôshin kore dô - The ordinary mind is the way.
Signed: Katsuun
Seals: Bunshô, Kyûkaiku (top)
Technique: sumi on paper 100 x 23
Date: c. 1975
Mounting: chequered silk fabric and beige silk
lacquered rollers, 180 x 24,8
Box: signed
Condition: fine

The inscription reads: 平常心是道 Byôjôshin kore dô, The ordinary mind is the way.
The mind as it is that takes each day as it comes is the Dao. Jôshû asked Nansen, “What is the way?” Nansen said, “Ordinary mind is the way.” (Lewis 5 -98)

Kasumi Bunshô, the 642nd abbot of Myôshin-ji, became a priest in 1921, but he only started his Zen training at Enpuku-ji temple at Yawata in 1933. In 1943 he became abbot at the Kaisei-ji temple in Nishomiya, the same temple where Nantembô and Deiryû resided before him. In 1949 he started his own dôjô, training hall, there and became shike, Zen master. In 1990 he was recommended to be 29th Kanchô, Chief Abbot, of the Myôshin sect at Myôshin-ji, again following in the footsteps of Nantembô and Deiryû. In 1994 he retired.

Reference:
Welch p.160
Dujin pp. 45-48, 86
Moog p. 32-33

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