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Gito Daishin (1656-1730)
Rinzai Zenga
Humming, The names of Daruma
Signed: Murasakino Daishin
Seals: Gitô noin, Kangôgan (tp)
Technique: sumi on paper 65,4 x 27
Mounting: grey crushed paper
lacquered rollers, 152 x 36,2
Condition: a little soiled and browned, otherwise good

行解相應名祖, 祖曰明佛心宗,
東土震旦初祖, 西天二十八祖.

An anthem, but actually an enumeration of the names of Daruma
Gyûge Soo (Reality and Theory 行解 are one 相應) called: Patriarch 祖;
Patriarch 祖 called 曰: Radiant 明 heart of the Buddha School 佛心宗 (i.e. Zen).
The first patriarch 初祖 China 震旦
(Shintan), the country in the East 東土;
the twenty-eighth patriarch 二十八祖 of the country in the West (India) 西天

At the age of ten Daishin entered the Daitoku-ji. He received his training and in 1683 his Inka from Tenrin Sôkotsu (1625-1696), a disciple of Seigan Sôi (1588-1661). Daishin gradually rose through the ranks and became head of the Kôtô subtemple in Kyoto in 1686. In 1709 he became 273rd generation Abbott of the entire monastery. Soon thereafter he was summoned to Edo and appointed Chief of the Tôkai-ji, the most prestigious official position in the Zen community.

Before his death he returned to the Daitoku-ji and headed a number of subtemples. Daishins main contribution to the Daitoku-ji was to collect and restore the books and documents relating to the history of the temple, over sixty thousand alone. On the history and ideology of Buddhism he wrote some thirty books.

Brasch # 25
Addiss '76 # 10
Stevens # 39
Rosenfield '84 # 64